STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER LaDuke worries about pipelines
By Don Davis
Winona LaDuke plans to use her national notoriety to fight what she says are dangers caused by North Dakotas oil boom, which also could affect Minnesota communities such as where she liv... Posted on 10/16/13 at 8:05 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS When Pigs Fly
If I tell someone that a situation will occur when pigs fly, then I am trying to say that the situation will never happen. There are events that will never come to pass, however I have seen pi... Posted on 11/19/11 at 6:46 AM
FATHER KNOWS LAST Minot's Angels
There are a lot of stories coming through to Grand Forks about the flood fight in Minot. I grew up in the Minot area, and a part of me still thinks of it as home, so my heart aches when I see what ha... Posted on 6/24/11 at 8:35 PM
Canada is running out of time to offer U.S. President Barack Obama a climate change concession that might clinch the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, as the country's energy industry continues to resist costly curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.
Patrick Rucker and Nia Williams
, December 08, 2013
An Oklahoma-based company could face civil penalties for installing and operating a natural gas pipeline in northwestern North Dakota without the proper state permits, a state utility regulator said Wednesday.
A Chevron Corp. pipeline exploded near a tiny Texas town south of Dallas on Thursday, shooting flames high in the air and prompting evacuations from nearby homes and a school district, but no injuries were reported, the company and emergency officials said.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he urged officials with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Monday to evaluate whether their pipeline regulations offer enough oversight and protection for North Dakotans, particularly in rural areas.
A federal regulator says preliminary test results showing a problem with the oil pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude should have been available to the company before the leak was discovered.
An inspection of a pipeline that leaked 20,600 barrels of oil near here showed a “serious problem” but the company did not receive the test results until after the spill occurred, a North Dakota state regulator said.
Make no mistake, pipelines remain the safest way to transport oil and natural gas. “A review of safety and accident statistics … clearly shows that, in addition to enjoying a substantial cost advantage, pipelines result in fewer spillage incidents and personal injuries than road and rail,” as one recent study notes.
A federal appeals court Wednesday said a lower court was correct when it refused to temporarily stop construction of what is intended to be the southern end of the Keystone XL pipeline and carry oil from Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
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