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TransCanada Plans New Pipeline from North Dakota to Prairies

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TransCanada Pipeline was scheduled to hold three open houses this week along the route of its proposed Upland Pipeline, a 126-mile project that would carry 300,000 barrels per day of Bakken crude from a point southwest of Williston, North Dakota to a terminus near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border.

The line is scheduled to begin operations in 2020. But it will require approval from the U.S. State Department, the North Dakota Public Service Commission, and Canada’s National Energy Board—as well as a presidential permit to cross the border.

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Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten told the Tribune he’d spoken with 20 or 30 landowners who’d received project fact sheets by mail. But TransCanada has yet to publish a detailed route, so “nobody knows at this point for sure if they’re in the corridor.”

Oil and gas companies across the U.S. and around the world have been slammed by falling oil prices, and some analysts say shale producers in regions like the Bakken would be unable to resume production, even if prices rose. (h/t to Midwest Energy News for pointing us to this story)