Pipeline company wants to load ND oil on rail cars

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Enbridge pipeline company plans to ask North Dakota regulators for permission to build new facilities to load oil into railroad tanker cars.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission agreed Wednesday to allow Enbridge to apply for a pipeline construction permit within 10 days.

Enbridge wants to install new pipe and storage tanks at its loading terminal near Berthold that will be used to load oil into railroad tankers. It plans to buy or lease 320 acres of land for the project.

Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer says the proposal will give Enbridge more transport flexibility. Cramer says the oil industry in general is relying more on rail shipping.

Enbridge is already upgrading its Berthold facility to increase the amount of oil it can transport through its regional pipeline network.