North Dakota Regulators Signal Comfort on Energy Transfer Pipeline Issues

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission says some big environmental concerns have been addressed by the company proposing a $3.8 billion pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois.

The three-member regulatory panel says Energy Transfer Partners appears to have a good plan in place to address worries about land reclamation and river crossings.

The PSC held an informal work session on the project Monday but took no action. The panel expects to meet again late next month to talk about the company’s permit application.

The Dakota Access project is the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move North Dakota crude. Almost 360 miles of the pipeline would pass through North Dakota. It also would go through South Dakota and Iowa on its way to Illinois.

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