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United States : AFTER NORTH DAKOTA pipeline ruptures.

A bill that would need monitoring devices on new saltwater and oil pipelines in North Dakota got a proposed amendment on February 5, 2015, that would take away the mandate and put the decision in the hands of the state Industrial Commission.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, presented the bipartisan bill in the wake of a pipeline rupture in February 2015 that spilled almost 3 million gallons of saltwater close to Blacktail Creek north of Williston, the largest saltwater spill of the present oil boom. A separate pipeline leak in eastern Montana spewed oil into Yellowstone River, impacting the water supply in Glendive, Mont., and threatening drinking water for downstream cities, including Williston.

Wardner told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during the bill's first hearing said, "We've come to a time when we have so many pipelines out there, we do have to make some regulations to control this.

The original bill ordered three-member Industrial Commission to need flow meters, pressure cutoff switches and automatic shutoff valves on all new liquid or gas gathering pipelines, including those that carry saltwater, a byproduct of oil production.

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Date:Feb 10, 2015
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