PSC public hearing in Williston on pipeline

BISMARCK The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on June 17 on a $55.3 million proposal to convert an existing crude oil gathering pipeline into a transmission line.

The approximately 197-mile long, 8-inch existing pipeline spans Williams, McKenzie and Mountrail counties. Known as the Market Center Pipeline, it will have a maximum capacity of 65,000 barrels per day.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in Williston City Hall.

Hiland Crude has submitted an application to add storage tanks and pumping facilities to the existing line, which will then convert the gathering pipeline system into a transmission line. The pipeline will be used to transport crude oil from smaller gathering systems and truck facilities to existing rail and pipeline network destinations connecting to multiple shipping points for out-of-state sale.

Any comments from members of the public must be received at the hearing to be part of the record. Information received after the hearing will not be part of the official record and cannot be used as a basis for the commission’s decision unless certain additional procedures are followed.

The hearing schedule provides for the company to present its case and answer questions from the commissioners, after which the commission will take comments from other parties and the public.