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North Dakota to Double Pipeline Capacity

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North Dakota now produces more than 1 million barrels of oil per day-- and being able to bring these large amounts of oil  to market by something other than truck or rail is no longer a pipedream.

For the second year, leaders of oil and gas transportation get together to talk about pipelines.

Reporter Ben Smith has the story.

Pipeline developers and refiners are responding to North Dakota's increased oil and gas production in a big way.

"The last two years, we have essentially more than doubled our pipeline capacity in a short period of time."

About 150 leaders from the pipeline and energy industries came to Bismarck for the 2nd annual Governor's Pipeline Summit.

They came together to talk about expanding pipeline systems that will move move oil and gas out-of-state, reaching more markets than ever before.

Companies also came to show that their lines are able to handle more capacity with minimal breakage.

They also assured Governor Dalrymple that they are working to reduce the amount of flaring...

These industry leaders are showing that while pipelines are rapidly expanding, this state can handle the growth.

"We are in North Dakota, we are people who are interested in good solutions to challenges.  And I feel that we are keeping up with it, that is part of the reputation that we have."  says Governor Dalrymple

"Lets be leaders in the nation in how we do this, lets do this in a way that is environmentally sound, safe, and publicly supported and I think that is the message that everyone walks away with." says Julie Fedorcheck

By the end of this year, North Dakota's will be able to transport almost 8 hundred thousand barrels of oil per day by pipeline.

This is almost three times the amount from five years ago.

In Bismarck, Ben Smith, KX News.

With the completion of these pipeline projects, North Dakota will be able to ship 1.4 million barrels of oil to market per day by 2016.
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