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Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, testifies May 7 to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Helms says Keystone XL would save lives


BISMARCK - The Keystone XL pipeline could mean three to six fewer traffic deaths per year in North Dakota as a result of reduced truck traffic, the state's top oil and gas regulator says.

Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said Wednesday that he spent two days last week testifying in Washington, D.C., and meeting with federal legislators about the Keystone XL pipeline and other issues.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.