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Pipeline Owner: North Dakota Crude Spill Larger than First Estimated
By Liz Hampton | March 28, 2017

A crude oil spill in western North Dakota in December is now believed to be about three times bigger than originally estimated, pipeline owner True Companies said, making it the largest crude leak to affect water in the state in over a decade.

The Belle Fourche crude oil pipeline spilled an estimated 12,615 barrels of oil, more than the December estimate of 4,200 barrels, spokeswoman Wendy Owen said in a phone call.


Pipeline Owner: North Dakota Crude Spill Larger than First Estimated
By Liz Hampton | March 28, 2017
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A crude oil spill in western North Dakota in December is now believed to be about three times bigger than originally estimated, pipeline owner True Companies said, making it the largest crude leak to affect water in the state in over a decade.

The Belle Fourche crude oil pipeline spilled an estimated 12,615 barrels of oil, more than the December estimate of 4,200 barrels, spokeswoman Wendy Owen said in a phone call.

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The spill is the second-largest crude spill in the state in more than 15 years, behind a 20,600-barrel leak by a Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline in 2013, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Around 80 percent of the cleanup is complete, Owen said, noting the incident occurred following ground movement. Oil from the pipeline leaked into the Ash Coulee Creek and on a hillside.

The pipeline operator has collected around 3,900 barrels of oil from the creek by skimming and vacuuming, Owen said. No oil moved further down the creek, which feeds into the Little Missouri River and eventually flows into the Missouri River, a major source of drinking water, she said.

The North Dakota Department of Health has not yet completed a subsurface investigation on the hillside affected by the leak to confirm how much oil remains, agency program manager Bill Seuss said by phone.

The spill was not originally detected by monitoring equipment, which True Companies has said was likely due to its intermittent flow.

The spill occurred about 150 miles from where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and environmentalists were protesting Energy Transfer Partners’ controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Those groups said a spill could contaminate drinking water.

President Donald Trump signed executive orders paving the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline and TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL shortly after taking office. On March 24, he issued a presidential permit for the Keystone XL.

The six-inch North Dakota pipeline has capacity to move 24,000 barrels per day, at a maximum rate of 1,000 barrels per hour.

While Belle Fourche’s impacted line remains shut for cleanup operations, another line is moving crude oil from its origin and receipt points.

The incident led to U.S. pipeline regulators ordering the company to improve leak detections, along with other actions.

Reporting by Liz Hampton in Houston and Nithin Prasad in Bengaluru; Editing by James Dalgleish and Richard Chang


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Business Wire


Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army


December 04, 2016 11:05 PM Eastern Standard Time


DALLAS & NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) announced that the Administration’s statement today that it would not at this time issue an “easement” to Dakota Access Pipeline is a purely political action – which the Administration concedes when it states it has made a “policy decision” – Washington code for a political decision. This is nothing new from this Administration, since over the last four months the Administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office.


“not alter the Army’s position that the Corps’ prior reviews and actions have comported with legal requirements.”

For more than three years now, Dakota Access Pipeline has done nothing but play by the rules. The Army Corps of Engineers agrees, and has said so publicly and in federal court filings. The Corps’ review process and its decisions have been ratified by two federal courts. The Army Corps confirmed this again today when it stated its “policy decision” does “not alter the Army’s position that the Corps’ prior reviews and actions have comported with legal requirements.”

In spite of consistently stating at every turn that the permit for the crossing of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe granted in July 2016, comported with all legal requirements, including the use of an environmental assessment, rather than an environmental impact statement, the Army Corps now seeks to engage in additional review and analysis of alternative locations for the pipeline.

The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.

As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.

 

About Energy Transfer Partners

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) is a master limited partnership that owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States. ETP’s subsidiaries include Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP (the successor of Southern Union Company) and Lone Star NGL LLC, which owns and operates natural gas liquids storage, fractionation and transportation assets. In total, ETP currently owns and operates more than 62,500 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines. ETP also owns the general partner, 100% of the incentive distribution rights, and approximately 67.1 million common units in Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL), which operates a geographically diverse portfolio of crude oil and refined products pipelines, terminalling and crude oil acquisition and marketing assets. ETP’s general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. For more information, visit the Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. web site at
www.energytransfer.com .

About Sunoco Logistics

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) is a master limited partnership that owns and operates a logistics business consisting of a geographically diverse portfolio of complementary pipeline, terminalling, and acquisition and marketing assets which are used to facilitate the purchase and sale of crude oil, refined products, and natural gas liquids, and refined products. SXL’s general partner is a consolidated subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP). For more information, visit the Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. website at
www.sunocologistics.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include certain statements concerning expectations for the future that are forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management’s control. An extensive list of factors that can affect future results are discussed in the Partnerships’ Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Partnerships undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information or events.

Contacts

Energy Transfer
Investor Relations:
Brent Ratliff, 214-981-0795
or
Granado Communications Group
Media Relations:
Vicki Granado, 214-599-8785
Cell: 214-498-9272
or
Sunoco Logistics
Investor Relations:
Peter Gvazdauskas, 215-977-6322
or
Media Relations:
Jeff Shields, 215-977-6056


Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.

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Release Summary

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army

Contacts

Energy Transfer
Investor Relations:
Brent Ratliff, 214-981-0795
or
Granado Communications Group
Media Relations:
Vicki Granado, 214-599-8785
Cell: 214-498-9272
or
Sunoco Logistics
Investor Relations:
Peter Gvazdauskas, 215-977-6322
or
Media Relations:
Jeff Shields, 215-977-6056
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161204005090/en/
 

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-rick-perry-energy-secretary/
 

http://www.kxlf.com/story/34046264/north-dakota-pipeline-leak-surpasses-175000-gallons

[FL] Pipeline protest gain momentum
http://www.suwanneedemocrat.com/news/pipeline-protests-gain-momentum/article_6975da2c-c14d-11e6-a1f2-df716066df08.html 

North Dakota Oil Pipeline Spills An Estimated 176,000 Gallons

The leak is about 150 miles from the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.
12/12/2016 08:21 pm ET
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-dakota-pipeline-spills-estimated-176000-gallons_us_584f2375e4b0e05aded56896 

Another Pipeline Project Sparks Protests in US Heartland
Dec 12, 2016 abc NEWS

http://abcnews.go.com/US/pipeline-project-sparks-protests-us-heartland/story?id=44107064 
 

 

STILL HERE   December 12, 2016

 

US VETERAN ARRESTED at Sabal Trail Pipeline protest

in Live Oak, Florida  Published on Dec 11, 2016

 

 

 

News Release

For Immediate Release

September 14, 2016

Contact: Morton County PIO (701) 426-1587

Felony Charges Pursued in DAPL Protest Activities

Mandan, ND – Morton County authorities are investigating multiple protest activities in an area north of Almont that occurred Wednesday morning, September 14th. Officers were first dispatched around 8:00 a.m. to a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site for a report of protestors in the worksite. Law enforcement arrested three individuals (one female and two males) for felony reckless endangerment for being attached to DAPL construction equipment. Officers also arrested two other men for conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment (C Felony) and other misdemeanor charges for their involvement in assisting unlawful protesters in attaching to equipment. Reckless Endangerment (NDCC 12.1-17-03) carries the maximum punishment of 5 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.

In addition, officers made a traffic stop on County Road 86 near the construction area. The driver was arrested for conspiracy to commit obstruction of a government function. Officers say they witnessed the driver transporting protesters. During an inventory search of the vehicle, officers found paint and mechanisms protesters are using to attach themselves to construction equipment. Authorities have impounded the van.

Law enforcement also arrested two men after they were connected to trespassing on another construction site. They were found walking in the area. They were both arrested for conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit obstruction of a government function, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. One was arrested for criminal facilitation. The other person was arrested for conspiracy to commit criminal facilitation and both were arrested for criminal trespass.

In total, 8 people were arrested on charges related to illegal protest activities Wednesday.

Carlo Voli and Corey Maxa were arrested Tuesday, September 13th and will face an additional charge of reckless endangerment for attaching themselves to equipment. They are also charged with numerous misdemeanor charges as listed below.

“The Morton County States Attorney’s office will pursue felony charges against the protesters who attached themselves to equipment due to the seriousness of the crime. Law enforcement officers are put in a dangerous situation when freeing these individuals, there is also a danger posed to DAPL, their workers and equipment along with the protester putting themselves also in a dangerous circumstance. We continue to encourage people to protest in peaceful and lawful manners,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.

Below is a list of the individuals arrested and charged for 9-13 unlawful protest activities.

Olowan Martinez

42

SD Criminal Trespass + wanted in NE for Terroristic threats, theft, criminal mischief x2
Nicholas Georgiades

34

MN Criminal Trespass
Charlie Thayer

31

MN Criminal Trespass
Kristina Golden

31

MN Criminal Trespass
Dale Americanhorse, Jr.

26

SD Criminal Trespass 2nd off.
Kathryn Thunderhawk

44

SD Criminal Trespass
Robert Swimmer

25

SD Criminal Trespass
Philip Strickland

28

VT Criminal Trespass
Christopher Schiano

26

CO Criminal Trespass
Carlo Voli

50

WA Reckless Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass, Obstruction of a Government Function
Kimberly Smith

32

AZ Criminal Trespass
Lauren Roellig

28

CA Criminal Trespass
Juaquin Moreno

27

NM Criminal Trespass
Emily Weisbery

26

WA Criminal Trespass
Brittany Johnson

28

OR Criminal Trespass
Corey Maxa

23

VA Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Trespass, Obstruction of a Government Function, Disorderly conduct
Orion Yazzie-nightwalker

29

NM Criminal Trespass
Eli Damm

33

WA Criminal Trespass
Eric Lewis

25

NM Criminal Trespass
Karla Lorenzanaayala

26

CA Criminal Trespass
Eric Moll

27

TX Criminal Trespass
Anthony Fernandes

37

WA Criminal Trespass
Arnold Schorder

37

OR Criminal Trespass

 

As of 9/14 a total of 69 individuals have been arrested for illegal protest activities.

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