August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8


Dakota Access Pipeline: A New Artery for Bakken Crude     

The past two years (2015-16) will not be remembered as anything like the preceding ones of robust growth when new energy infrastructure was sprouting up like weeds, particularly on the North Dakota prairie atop the Bakken Shale play, and Justin Kringstad has had a front row seat on the roller coaster. As director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, Kringstad says “it has been quite an interesting ride” the past eight years. Uncertainty now runs through the midstream sector the way pipe- and pump-laden trucks used to rumble through the Bakken-Three Forks in Kringstad’s state in which he is a facilitator, not a regulator. “The midstream industry doesn’t like uncertainty, so when companies

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