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North Dakota Approved Safety Rules for Underground Crude Oil & Produced Water Gathering Lines

[Order No. 27865]

The North Dakota Industrial Commission’s proposed safety rules for underground crude oil and produced water gathering lines were approved on December 5, 2016. These rules apply for certain underground gathering pipelines capable of transferring crude oil or produced water from oil and gas production facilities.

The new rules establish bonding and notification requirements and a wide range of safety requirements addressing design, construction, inspection, GIS data, operations, leak detection, spill response, corrosion control, pipeline integrity, repairs, and abandonment. The new rule also establishes requirements for berms around facilities.

The rule became effective January 1, 2017. For a copy of these new rules from the North Dakota Administrative Code: Chapter 43-02-03 (Oil & Gas), contact Jessica Foley.