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ND pipeline conversion will pump more oil to Dakota Access


BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a pipeline conversion project Tuesday, May 29,  that will deliver more crude oil to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Hess proposed to convert about 19 miles of gathering pipelines in McKenzie County to transmission lines and add three booster pumps to increase capacity, said Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak.

The pipelines were constructed near Keene between 2014 and 2017. The addition of the booster pumps makes the pipelines transmission lines, requiring PSC approval.

Fedorchak said the project is an example of maximizing existing infrastructure to reduce the impacts to the environment rather than construct a new pipeline.

Commissioner Brian Kroshus said Hess is installing multiple pipeline monitoring systems to prevent and detect leaks.