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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline sit in a rail yard near Scranton on Aug. 1.

Pipe dreams? Shipping crude by pipeline has future in Bakken despite a formidable competitor

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DICKINSON — As crude oil pipelines play catch-up, they need more than to just build out the capacity to compete with rail — they need to be strategic about it.

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When pipelines lagged behind as Bakken crude boomed and rail became the No. 1 mode of transport, shippers saw rail’s benefits: flexibility in where to go and when to hop aboard.

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