North Dakota pipeline spill prompts calls for better oversight

EnergyWire: North Dakota needs to do more to ensure that pipelines can safely carry the rapidly expanding oil production from the Bakken Shale, state officials, transportation experts and environmentalists said after a pipeline leaked 20,600 barrels in a wheat field last week. It typically takes months to determine the cause of a pipeline leak. The North Dakota accident fits a general pattern, though, of pipeline problems that critics have pointed out over the past few years -- it involved an older pipeline......

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