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  1. Oil Pipeline : Dakota Access pipeline company fighting small state fine

    In t his Oct. 11, 2016 file photo, a crew member stops traffic as work resumed on the four-state Dakota Access pipeline near St. Anthony, N.D. Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, is fighting an effort by North Dakota regulators to fine it $15,000. The state Public Service Commission maintains that a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners failed to get proper approval to proceed with construction after American Indian artifacts were found along the pipeline route in southern North Dakota in October. (AP Photo/ Blake Nicholson, File) BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline is fighting North Dakota regulators' efforts to impose a fine of at least $15,000 after working on land where Native American artifacts were found without running it by the commission that oversees pipelines. The Public Service Commission maintains that Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners , failed to get its approval before proceeding with construction on private land in October in southern North Dakota. Crews diverted construction so the artifacts weren't disturbed — a plan with which the State Historic Preservation Office concurred. North Dakota chief archaeologist Paul Picha has told The Associated Press that the site was properly handled. The company disputes it did anything wrong, and asked the PSC on Nov. 30 to dismiss the complaint. "There is nothing to suggest Dakota Access has not been acting in good faith," company attorney Lawrence Bender said in the motion. The PSC contends the company also should have asked it for clearance because it regulates pipelines. The commission filed a complaint Nov. 7 calling for a fine. Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak declined comment Wednesday, citing the active case. The 1,200-mile pipeline is to carry North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois. It is mostly finished, though construction under a Missouri River reservoir is on hold. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters have protested the project for months, maintaining it threatens drinking water and also cultural sites. ETP disputes that. ETP asserts that under state law there needs to be a willful violation of PSC orders — something it was not accused of doing and did not do. Fedorchak was critical of the company during a Nov. 2 PSC meeting, saying she was "extremely disappointed" that the company didn't follow the proper procedure after the artifacts were found. The company's motion quotes some of Fedorchak's public comments, and counters that "the commission does not have carte blanche to impose penalties or fines for actions the commission merely finds 'disappointing.'" The PSC will decide whether to grant the company's motion to dismiss the case or schedule a hearing before an administrative law judge.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  2. Oil Pipeline : Pipeline delays cost builder millions, risking contract loss

    The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota pending further study.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Oil Pipeline : Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

    For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.

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    Sat, 10 Dec 2016

  4. Oil Pipeline : Cantwell urges spill protections after Canada pipeline OK'd

    U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is urging stronger measures to protect Washington state from oil spills after Canada's government approved a pipeline expansion project that would dramatically increase oil tankers through the Salish Sea.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  1. Oil Pipeline : Pipeline opponents ride out storm in shelters, casino

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  2. Otakikpo oil pipeline in Nigerian swamp zone nears completion

    Lekoil says oil is flowing at the Otakikpo marginal field to onshore storage tanks.  

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  3. Oil and Gas: Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota

    A company with a history of oil field-related spills in North Dakota and Montana is being hampered by winter weather in its cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, a regulator said Thursday.

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    Sat, 10 Dec 2016

  4. Oil Pipeline : Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  5. Oil Pipeline : Trump not saying what he'll do about Dakota Access pipeline

    Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months are vowing to stay put on their sprawling North Dakota encampment despite ...

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  6. US Army denies Dakota Access crude oil pipeline ’s Lake Oahe easement

    The US Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access crude oil pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, Army Asst. Sec. for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced on Dec. 4. American Petroleum Institute Pres. Jack N. Gerard immediately ...

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  7. Oil Pipeline : North Dakota pipeline protesters vow to stay despite victory

    Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday's government deadline to leave.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  8. Medallion Midstream to construct Southern Delaware Basin crude oil pipeline

    Medallion Midstream LLC and its affiliate, Medallion Midstream Services LLC, have entered into a letter of intent to construct a new Delaware Basin crude oil pipeline system to provide crude oil gathering and transportation services for Parsley Energy.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

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