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Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota as viewed from space. (Image: NASA)

Lake Sakakawea pipeline: BLM approves Hess project

The United States Bureau of Land Management has granted approval to the proposed Hess pipeline project crossing Lake Sakakawea, reports The Dickinson Press.

After conducting an environmental assessment, the BLM found no significant impact related to the Hess Hawkeye pipeline project. The $105 million pipeline project, owned by Hess Corp., will convert an existing 8-inch gas pipeline to transfer crude oil produced in the Bakken. The section of pipeline runs for 2.4 miles and was buried six feet beneath the lake bottom in 1992.

The segment will connect with a 10-mile portion of new pipeline on the south side of the lake and with a 12.8-mile portion on the north side, which will transfer oil to the Ramberg Truck Facility near Tioga, North Dakota. PSC Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak said the new 12-inch pipeline sections will be buried at least five feet underground. The span of the completed system will have the capacity to transfer up to 76,000 barrels of oil per day.

According to the BLM risk assessment, a conservative analysis of the proposed pipeline project indicates that the predicted frequency of incidents is low and the probability of a large spill occurring is very low. Due to the low probability, the risk of environmental impacts is minimal.

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  1. Ok until pipeline fails.. Not if, but when.

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