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Short oil pipeline means 400 less oil trucks

A proposed oil pipeline would help get Bakken crude to rail cars – and take hundreds of oil trucks off the road.

The four mile long pipeline would run from Tesoro’s High Plains Pipeline to Basin Transload’s facility near Zap. The High Plains Pipeline serves the Mandan refinery – but is running at capacity. The crude would then be shipped by rail to other refineries. Most of the Bakken crude is currently shipped by rail.

"It will have a capacity of 88,000 barrels per day, and 29.2 million barrels per year," said Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. "According to the calculation, it takes off approximately 400 trucks per day. So that's a real positive."

The PSC will hold siting and route hearings for the short pipeline.

Basin Transload hopes to have the project built this summer.

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