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Hess willing to take extra precautions on proposed pipelines

WILLISTON, N.D. — Hess Corp. says it’s willing to do more inspections than required on proposed pipelines that would pass under Lake Sakakawea in northwestern North Dakota.

Hess North Dakota Pipelines LLC wants to build a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas liquids pipeline in McKenzie and Williams counties. Officials say they would connect Bakken production fields south of Lake Sakakawea to existing processing and truck facilities north of the lake.

The Williston Herald reports Hess officials said during a public hearing earlier this month in Williston that the project is critical to its plan to reduce flaring.

The estimated cost of the oil pipeline is $105 million. An estimate isn’t yet available for the gas pipeline.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission is deciding whether to approve the Hawkeye Pipeline Project.

In related news, Hess Corp. forgiven for not meeting ND flaring goals.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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  1. Nice that their willing to do more inspections but it doesn’t sound like a good idea putting a pipeline under Lake Sakakawea.

  2. Why even take the chance?

  3. Nope.run it to Watford city or new town.use the already existing bridges to cross the water..way too risky ..

  4. There are so many pipelines under the waters of North America it’s not even funny. If anyone can pull off a safe pipeline, it’s HESS.

  5. It happens all the time . Look at the BART system that runs under the ocean in the bay of San Francisco

  6. OMG ?. You mean there is a oil company that cares about our water.

  7. Sign me up to be the directional driller to make that happen. Wow if they could have a big enough rig to start drilling at 70° inclination and control that pipe at the way down across and back up to surface on the other side of the lake,they deserve to have the pipeline. It’s hard enough to hit a target in the oilfield regardless of well design, horizontal, S-well, build and hold, extended reach and vertical etc….

  8. The three pipelines they have already that cross from the beaver lodge are getting old. If you look around Huffland Bay you’ll see exposed pipe that was put in back in the day by dragging the pipe in a dredged trench. That poor old river can’t take many more insults to its waters.

  9. I pipelined for 30+ years and most inspectors don’t know what they’re looking at!!

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