Feds Fund Pipeline Project in ND

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 03:09 PM gHale

Over $200,000 in federal funds will come to North Dakota to maintain the safety of pipelines and protect the state from potential pipeline incidents.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, said the state will receive the funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

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“After the Casselton derailment, when we saw plumes of fire shooting hundreds of feet into the air, it was clear that we need to be much more careful in how we transport crude by rail,” Heitkamp said.

“As the occurrence of transporting hazardous materials increases, we need to make sure we are taking all the necessary safety steps, and that our first responders have the resources and training they need to respond to emerging threats and hazards. These funds will help make sure our state’s pipelines that carry gas and hazardous materials are safe and our communities and families are protected.”

North Dakota is in the midst of an oil boom and the state appears to be fixing and adding things as they go along.

Having said that, safety incidents big and small continue to occur.

In one incident, by failing to submit a risk management plan, Kemps, LLC agreed to pay a civil penalty of $57,000 to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its facility in Fargo, ND, officials said.

The agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) resolves the company’s violation of the risk management provisions of the Clean Air Act, which requires facilities that store chemicals in amounts exceeding regulatory thresholds to develop and submit a risk management plan.

In another case, a fracking incident occurred where water used for hydraulic fracturing and oil overflowed a tank in northwest North Dakota.

Oasis Petroleum reported to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division that three barrels of oil and 500 barrels of frac water released and ended up contained at a well site 11 miles northeast of White Earth in Mountrail County, ND.

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