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Governor to form advisory panel on pipeline safety

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday he is forming an advisory panel to research the latest technologies available to enhance pipeline safety in North Dakota, saying a 20,600-barrel oil spill discovered near Tioga on Sept. 29 has changed attitudes about pipeline safety in the state.

Dalrymple said the group will include independent engineers, members of the pipeline industry and state officials who will research technological solutions and recommend ways to improve the pipeline monitoring and control.

That will include looking at whether the state should adopt its own “plus oversight” oil pipeline regulatory system on top of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s rules and requirements, he said.

“But I think it would be premature to say we need that because we need to know more about what’s out there and what the differences are between their requirements and what we might be interested in doing,” he said.

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