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assistance with pipeline permitting and compliance

assistance with pipeline permitting and compliance
Rangeland Energy, LLC
Williams County, North Dakota

environmental expertise and local regulatory relationships allow rapid permitting of pipeline

Rangeland Energy retained Barr to assist with environmental review and permitting for a natural-gas and crude-oil pipeline and meter station in North Dakota—the COLT ("crude-oil loading terminal") Connector project.

The 10-inch-diameter bi-directional pipeline, about 21 miles long, runs parallel to an existing pipeline between the town of Epping and the Ramberg/Beaver Lodge pipeline station. It transports crude oil between Rangeland’s COLT Hub rail terminal near Epping and a meter station about eight miles south of the town of Tioga. From there, connections to Enbridge and Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) terminals enable the transportation of North Dakota crude oil to regional markets via interstate pipelines and rail. The project has added needed capacity to existing transmission-pipeline systems while providing a safe and reliable year-round alternative to trucking.

The COLT Connector project received a combined route permit and certificate of corridor compatibility from the North Dakota Public Service Commission in September 2011. Barr prepared the applications, environmental-impacts analysis, and supplemental materials required for the commission’s review and provided public-hearing testimony before the commission. We also consulted with various other local, state, and federal agencies, prepared applications for those agencies’ permits when required, and oversaw environmental and cultural resources field surveys for the project.

Rangeland began pipeline construction in October 2011, at which time we provided environmental training to the company’s staff and construction contractors. The pipeline began operating in June 2012.