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NORTH DAKOTA INDUSTRY INCIDENTS & ACCOUNTABILITY

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FACT: 1, 696 = Total number of Oilfield Environmental Incidents reported to the OIL & Gas Division (ND) in 2012-2013. Western North Dakota crude pipeline shut down after spill - Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP) | Seeking Alpha. A crude oil transmission line operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. has been shut down in western North Dakota following a leak that spilled oil into a creek, a development that could harden the views of Native Americans, climate activists and other protesters camped ~200 miles away at the Dakota Access pipeline project worried that a leak there could contaminate the water supply. Many of the demonstrators say they are planning to stay at the Dakota Access site, despite a recent win against the building of the pipeline, the wishes of the chairman of the tribe that has led the protest and blizzard conditions.

Meanwhile, the American Petroleum Institute and the MAIN Coalition, which represents entities that benefit from Midwest infrastructure projects, are calling on Pres. -elect Trump to pave the way for completion of the pipeline when he enters the White House. Relevant tickers include ETP, ETE, SXL. Equipment failed to detect North Dakota oil leak. BISMARCK, N.D. — Electronic monitoring equipment failed to detect a pipeline rupture that spewed more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, the pipeline's operator said Monday. It's not yet clear why the monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak, Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the Belle Fourche Pipeline, said.

A landowner discovered the spill near Belfield on Dec. 5, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department. Suess said the spill migrated about almost 6 miles from the spill site along Ash Coulee Creek, and it fouled an unknown amount of private and U.S. Forest Service land along the waterway. The creek feeds into the Little Missouri River, but Seuss said it appears no oil got that far and that no drinking water sources were threatened. The creek was free-flowing when the spill occurred but has since frozen over. 5.4 miles of creek polluted by North Dakota oil pipeline spill — RT America. A third of the oil has been cleaned-up a week after a spill the Ash Coulee Creek in North Dakota, up to 5 miles of which were polluted. “An estimated 4,200 barrels of oil have leaked from the pipeline. Of that amount, 3,100 barrels of oil flowed into Ash Coulee Creek,”said Bill Seuss, a spill investigator with the North Dakota Department of Health.

Seuss said that, as of Sunday, 11,878 barrels of oil had been recovered at the site. Two cows have been reported dead near the site but Seuss said the cause of the deaths is unclear. The pipeline is about 150 miles from where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other environmental groups have been protesting Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access pipeline since April. During the spill 5.4 miles of the creek was polluted, according to officials. “Due to potentially unstable soil conditions at the point of release, the cause of the incident is not yet known,” Seuss added. An investigation by federal regulators into the incident is ongoing. Massive 2013 Oil Spill in North Dakota Still Not Cleaned Up. Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn't fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn't even set a date for completion. Though crews have been working around the clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break, which happened in a wheat field in September 2013, less than a third of the 840,000 gallons that spilled has been recovered — or ever will be, North Dakota Health Department environmental scientist Bill Suess said.

A farmer, Steve Jenkins, who'd smelled the crude oil for days, discovered the spill in his northwestern North Dakota field near Tioga — his combines' tires were covered in it. While the nearest home was a half-mile away and the state said no water sources were contaminated and no wildlife hurt, one of the largest onshore oil spills recorded in the U.S. serves for some as a cautionary example, especially given a recent pipeline break about 150 miles south and ongoing debates over the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. Environmental Impact: Three Years Later N. Dakota Oil Spill Still Not Cleaned Up. Environment Get short URL North Dakota sees an average of four oil spills every year. Most recently, the so-called Belle Fourche pipeline ruptured, resulting in some 130,000 gallons of crude oil being spilled into the environment. The leaking crude then traveled almost six miles to nearby Ash Coulee Creek, where a timely winter storm froze the creek, preventing the toxic sludge from reaching the Missouri river. ​

In 2013, a pipeline owned by Tesoro Corp came apart, contaminating a wheat field near Tioga, close to the Canadian border. "They are there working away 24 hours a day, seven days a week — it's pretty amazing," claimed Patty Jensen, a wife of the farmer who discovered the 2013 spill, commenting on the cleanup efforts. ​ Tesoro implemented a new technology that evaporates the oil from the soil, instead of removing contaminated earth.

Feds Order Correction to Plan to North Dakota Pipeline Owner. The Latest on Oil pipeline rules(all times local): 2 p.m. Federal regulators have outlined corrective steps that must take place before a company may restart a pipeline that leaked 176,000 gallons of oil into and along a creek in western North Dakota. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order Tuesday to Belle Fourche (foosh) Pipeline Co. Company spokeswoman Wendy Owen says the order is under review. A landowner spotted the spill Dec. 5, after the company's monitoring equipment failed to detect the rupture. The company says erosion of a hillside might have ruptured the pipe, but the cause is still being investigated. A precise location of the break is unknown. The federal agency's order requires the company to excavate the pipeline in the area of the break, including where it's placed 45 feet below the creek bed. 11:45 a.m.

The U.S. "We already viewed it as an incremental step. It's currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. $15K fine proposed for Dakota Access. Pipeline construction is complete on both sides of the Lake Oahe crossing, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not yet authorized, Dakota Access said Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to issue a formal complaint to Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, that alleges the company violated conditions of the permit, including rerouting the pipeline without clearance from the commission.

Dakota Access discovered four stone cairns and other artifacts in the pipeline route in Morton County on Oct. 17 and notified the State Historic Preservation Office, which evaluated the site and concurred with the reroute to protect the sites. The Public Service Commission learned about the unanticipated discovery and the reroute on Oct. 25 from the agency’s third-party inspector, then requested information from Dakota Access, which was received on Oct. 27. The company will have 20 days after receiving the complaint to respond. North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public. North Dakota, the nation's No2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show.

None was reported to the public, officials said. According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the pipeline spills, many of them small, are among some 750 "oil field incidents" that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification. "That's news to us," said Don Morrison, director of the Dakota Resource Council, an environmental-minded landowner group with more than 700 members in North Dakota. Dennis Fewless, director of water quality for the state Health Department, said regulators are reviewing the state's policies for when to publicly report such incidents after a massive spill was discovered last month in northwestern north Dakota by a wheat farmer.

North Dakota regulators, like in many other oil-producing states, are not obliged to tell the public about oil spills under state law. State, federal agency seek damages for Yellowstone oil spill. BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana and U.S. Department of Interior have notified a Wyoming company that they'll seek compensation for damages caused by more than 30,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Yellowstone River from a broken pipeline. More than 90 percent of the crude was never recovered following the Bridger Pipeline Company accident in January 2015 near Glendive. The river was frozen when the break occurred and the spill temporarily contaminated water supplies for 6,000 people living downstream of the break.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said it's too early to say how much money will be sought from Bridger. Exxon Mobil recently agreed to pay $12 million in environmental damages for a 2011 spill into the Yellowstone near Laurel, Montana. In both cases, the broken lines had been installed just a few feet beneath the riverbed. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% "You can't quantify the damage to our wildlife in a situation like this. N.D. Health Dept. confirms oil and brine spill in Mountrail County. PHMSA: ND Fact Sheet. The federal government establishes minimum pipeline safety standards under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49 "Transportation", Parts 190 - 199. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has overall regulatory responsibility for hazardous liquid and gas pipelines under its jurisdiction in the United States. OPS is headquartered in Washington, DC, and supported through five regional offices located in Trenton, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Kansas City, MO; Houston, TX; and Denver, CO.

OPS regional directors, pipeline inspectors/investigators, and community assistance and technical services (CATS) managers operate from each of the five OPS regional offices. CATS managers are available to assist the public and state or local officials with inquiries concerning pipeline safety-related issues. Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in North Dakota: 901 Locust St., Room 462. PHMSA: Enforcement Activity Search. Environmental Health Section - North Dakota Department of Health. Oilfield Environmental Incidents that occurred within the last 12 months which were contained within the boundaries of the production or exploration facility Oilfield Environmental Incidents that occurred within the last 12 months which were not contained, for example, an overflow of the boundaries of the facility or a leak from a facility pipeline Oilfield Environmental Incidents older than 12 months Tables are updated every Tuesday and Friday at 2:00 AM CT, with updated linked summary reports available by 6:00 AM CT.

Graphical Information Derived from the Oilfield Environmental Incidents Show Table Features Each table offers the following features: Each table is formatted to an interactive size of 15 x 5 inches. At the top of each table is a toolbar which offers the following capabilities: First, previous, next, last page buttons (from left to right). PHMSA: Pipeline Incident 20 Year Trends, Data Search. Pipeline Incidents PHMSA has collected pipeline incident reports since 1970. The reporting regulations and incident report formats have changed several times over the years. PHMSA merged the various report formats to create pipeline incident trend lines going back 20 years. The trend links to the right will initially present reports including all data for the incident type. The reports can be filtered by State and by System Type: PHMSA also provides data about the causes of the incidents.

When a single System Type is selected, additional filters can be applied to the trend lines. Send Feedback or Ask a Question SERIOUS INCIDENT 20 YEAR TREND – Serious Incidents include a fatality or injury requiring in-patient hospitalization. SIGNIFICANT INCIDENT 20 YEAR TREND – Significant Incidents are those including any of the following conditions, but gas distribution incidents caused by a nearby fire or explosion that impacted the pipeline system are excluded: Oil Spill Claims Search. PHMSA: Pipeline Operator Information Search. Pipeline Operator Information The operator information available below includes operators with hazardous liquid, gas transmission, and/or gas gathering pipelines who have submitted one or more PHMSA-required annual reports for the 2006-2015 time period. Gas distribution assets are not currently included in these reports.

A report may be accessed on a particular operator which provides basic mileage, incident, inspection, and enforcement information covering the last five years. Mileage and incident information is provided for all of the hazardous liquid and/or gas transmission and gathering pipelines operated by a particular operator, whether they involve assets which are inspected by PHMSA (referred to as "Federally-inspected") or assets which are inspected by one of PHMSA's partner state agencies (referred to as "State-inspected"). Inspection and enforcement information, however, is only provided for those assets which are inspected by PHMSA. Notes Sources. PHMSA: Program Metrics ND.

As part of its annual grant evaluation process, PHMSA performs thorough evaluations of each state pipeline safety regulatory program. To support this evaluation PHMSA and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) have developed a set of performance metrics. These metrics look at state program performance in six areas: Damage Prevention Program Inspection Activity Inspector Qualification Leak Management Enforcement Incident Investigation These metrics for North Dakota are provided below. The North Dakota Public Service Commission provides oversight of intrastate gas pipelines in North Dakota through certification by PHMSA. Damage Prevention Program Excavation damage is the leading cause of natural gas distribution pipeline incidents, and a leading cause of other pipeline incidents, nationwide.

The excavation damages metric illustrated below includes data for natural gas distribution system operators only. Inspection Activity Inspector Qualification Enforcement. PHMSA: North Dakota Enforcement Program. Operator compliance with state and federal pipeline safety regulations is monitored through a comprehensive inspection and enforcement program. The program is comprised of field inspections of operations, maintenance, and construction activities; programmatic inspections of operator procedures, processes, and records; incident investigations and corrective actions; and through direct dialogue with operator management.

The agency or agencies below work in partnership with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to assure pipeline operators are meeting requirements for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of their facilities. The tables below provide a summary of probable violations discovered and compliance actions taken by the agency(ies) as a result of these activities. These data are reported annually as part of the state's annual pipeline safety program certification or agreement to PHMSA. Notes Sources. North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public | Environment. Western North Dakota crude pipeline shut down after spill - Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP) | Seeking Alpha.

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