Public Hearing Held in Watford City for Proposed Natural Gas Transmisison Lines

A company responsible for one of the largest saltwater spills in North Dakota history wants to build two natural gas transmission lines in McKenzie County. 
 
A public hearing was held in Watford City to hear the application of Arrow Field Services for the $6.3 million project.
 
Arrow Field Services is a subsidiary of Crestwood Midstream Partners. In July 2014, a leak from a pipeline owned by a Crestwood subsidiary resulted in a 1 million gallon saltwater spill on the Fort Berthold reservation.
 
The  proposed 10- and 8-inch natural gas transmission lines would be 2.6 miles in length and would be located approximately 7 and a half miles southeast of Watford City.
 
"Out of that area, the pipeline is extremely constrained as far as maximum through-puts and in some of the IPs, initial production, that is coming out of the wells is packing the lines to the point where we cannot move anything out of that area to our current destination point right now, which is being fed to a third party," said Dean Volesky, a representative for Arrow Field Services. 
 
During the public comments portion of the hearing, concern was expressed about the company's spill history.
 
"As a guy who takes a lot of interest in this industry, these incidents can't happen. We're constantly sitting with a target on our head and the more these issues arise, the harder it's going to be to get these projects going forward." said Evan Whiteford with Laborers' International Union of North America, North Dakota. 
 
A Crestwood representative said the company's spill history is regrettable.
 
He said it's important to note that Crestwood took over operations of that pipeline just prior to that July 2014 spill. He also noted that the company has worked with local and federal authorities as well as tribe officials in its response. However, he was unable to comment further due to ongoing federal investigations.
 

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