Improve federal pipeline permitting process, UTA white paper urges

02/17/2014
Federal oil and gas pipeline permitting processes need to be accelerated and improved if they are to keep pace with rapidly expanding production, a new white paper produced for United Transportation Advisors LLC argued. Regulatory delays are forcing producers to use less efficient shipping modes such as rail, which could increase otherwise avoidable accidents, according to the white paper, "Assessing America's Pipeline Infrastructure: Delivering on Energy Opportunities." Forecasts anticipate rail's share of total North Dakota crude oil production will climb from 60% in 2013 to as much as 90% in 2014, it indicated. "In short, by failing to act, regulators are effectively man...
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