Pipeline proposed to cross Fallon County

Hiland Crude, LLC (a subsidiary of Hiland Partners and owned by the Harold Hamm family of Enid, Oklahoma) recently provided the Commissioners of Fallon County with a detailed pipeline proposal.

Double H Pipeline will cross Wibaux County, Custer County and 48.4 miles in Fallon County.
Double H Pipeline will cross Wibaux County, Custer County and 48.4 miles in Fallon County.

Posted April 12, 2103

By Lisa Kilsdonk
Hiland Crude, LLC (a subsidiary of Hiland Partners and owned by the Harold Hamm family of Enid, Oklahoma) recently provided the Commissioners of Fallon County with a detailed pipeline proposal.
“In addition to the pipeline coming through Fallon County, there is also the possibility of additional tanks being added to the tank farm west of Baker,” said Commissioner Deb Ranum.
The pipeline, unofficially called the Double H, is proposed to stretch 462 miles from the Bakken oilfield location of Dore, North Dakota to Guernsey, Wyoming where it will connect with the Pony Express pipeline. The Pony Express formerly transported natural gas, but is being retrofitted to handle crude oil and would then transport the crude oil all the way to Cushing, OK, a storage and trading hub for crude oil. The oil purchased from Cushing is usually refined at Gulf Coast refineries.
The Double H pipeline project overview provided to Fallon County included the following details. The pipeline is to use 12” diameter pipe which will stretch across 48.4 miles of Fallon County. Its initial capacity was listed as 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) with a planned expansion of 80-100,000 bpd.
Hiland estimated the construction time in Fallon County to be between four and five months.
The proposed pipeline routing has taken into consideration environmental impact to water habitat, wetlands, archaeological, and cultural issues. Even sage grouse nesting areas have been taken into account.
The Double H pipeline is expected to create some tax revenue, although the information packet did not specify how much, it did indicate it would be using Montana contractors, hiring temporary employees and setting up some temporary offices. The Double H also proposes to create three to five permanent jobs in Fallon County.
Despite some negative publicity that pipelines have received in the past, statistically they are the safest and most efficient transportation mode over railway and trucks, according to Hiland Crude. The Double H will receive “minute by minute surveillance from a 24/7 pipeline control center,” according to Hiland Crude’s informational packet.

      



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