PSC Holds First Pipeline Hearing Since Protests

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For the first time since protests erupted over the Dakota Access Pipeline, the state Public Service Commission held a hearing on a new pipeline proposal.

But there were no protests regarding the proposal under consideration today.

The PSC is being asked to issue a permit for NST Express for a 3-point-6 mile pipeline in the Alexander area.

An administrative law judge presided over today’s hearing in Watford City as the company provided testimony and answered questions from PSC staff regarding the pipeline that would move up to 40,000 barrels of oil per day to a loading facility.

About the only question at issue was the timeline for building the pipeline – a timeline perhaps being pushed back by the current slump in oil activity.

(Sara Cardwell, PSC Public Utility Analyst)”Might this not get built at all? Or is the idea: maybe spring or if not spring then August of 2017?”

(Paul Lang, Jr., NST Express) “Yes that is correct.”

(Sara Cardwell, PSC Public Utility Analyst)”OK. So construction will start in the spring or in August?”

(Paul Lang, Jr., NST Express) “And in service by October of ’17. That is the original goal of the project.”

The PSC is expected to rule on the pipeline permit in the next several weeks.

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