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A maintenance crew works on the Enbridge Pipelines Lakehead System in this undated photo.

Pipelines in the Bakken: Expansion critical, but landowners grow weary


WILLISTON -- Williams County farmer Blaine Jorgenson doesn't need pipeline markers to show him where the oil and gas gathering lines are below his property.

Jorgenson can see trenches where pipelines have settled as he scans his fields, and he knows to use caution when driving over them with certain equipment.

"In places, they're pretty sharp," said the lifelong Williams County resident.

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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.