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New lines could squeeze Keystone pipeline project

lines that have been proposed could diminish the importance of the Key- stone XL pipeline for North Dakota, a state official said. Public Service Commissioner Kev-

WILLISTON (AP) — Several pipe-

“Just like anything, you need to be able to get your product to market in order

in Cramer said the six proposed proj- ects — which would increase the pipe- line capacity out of North Dakota’s oil fields — make the Keystone XL project less important to North Dakota. One of those pipelines is the Bakken Crude Express Pipeline, proposed earlier this month by Oneok Partners LP, that would transport 200,000 barrels a day from North Dakota to Cushing, Okla. However, Cramer said that the

to get a fair price for it.” – President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Ron Ness

Keystone pipeline is still important for national security and energy security. But while many of the pipelines have somewhat circuitous routes, the Bak- ken Crude Express would have a direct route, he said. TransCanada Corp’s $7 billion Key-

stone XL Pipeline would carry Cana- dian tar sands oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast, and would also would car- ry 100,000 barrels of crude daily from North Dakota and Montana. President Barack Obama tempo-

rarily halted the Keystone XL project in January. It needs federal approval because it crosses the U.S.-Canadian border. But the company is moving forward on a leg it — from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.

North Dakota Pipeline Authority, said the other proposed pipelines are excit- ing, but the Keystone XL pipeline is unique because it has commitments from shippers. Kringstad said Oneok and other

Justin Kringstad, director of the

companies proposing the pipelines out of North Dakota will work on getting shipping commitments in the next six months. After that, projects that move forward will go through the regulatory process, with completion dates rang- ing from 2013 to 2015, he said. Ron Ness, president of the North

Dakota Petroleum Council, said that Keystone XL project is still important to North Dakota because it allows oil to get to the Gulf Coast. “Just like anything, you need to be

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