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Bakken crude, Canadian oil sands battle for pipeline space

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North Dakota's unexpected oil boom has triggered a surprising development that people outside the industry have yet to grasp: U.S. domestic crude oil must now compete with Canadian imports for space on the nation's pipeline system.

That new reality is at the core of an escalating battle between Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge Inc. and a tiny U.S. pipeline operator that's trying to get North Dakota's newfound oil riches to more U.S. refiners.

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