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Release Date: 05/29/13
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News Release No. 130529A

BLM seeks comment on Bear Den pipeline EA

DICKINSON, N.D. ---- The Bureau of Land Management North Dakota Field Office is seeking public comments regarding the proposed CenterPoint Energy Bakken Crude Services Bear Den Pipeline Project Environmental Assessment for a 30-day period which will end on July 3, 2013.

The EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction of 68 miles of three to six-inch diameter welded steel crude oil pipeline and 68 miles of composite produced water line.

The proposed project would include construction, operation and maintenance of crude oil gathering and produced water conveyance pipelines. The project would gather crude oil from numerous wells south of Lake Sakakawea, east of Watford City and deposit the oil at a central storage and transfer facility near Highway 85, south of Watford City. The project would also convey produced water from numerous oil wells to a North Dakota State regulated disposal well.

The proposed crude oil pipeline is designed with a capacity of 14,000 barrels of oil per day and the produced water line is designed with a capacity of 3,500 barrels per day.  The pipelines would be buried underground and would follow existing pipeline and utility easements and corridors where feasible.

The BLM is the designated lead federal agency preparing the EA and the U.S. Forest Service is a cooperating agency.

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

To obtain a copy of the EA and associated documents on a compact disc, contact Linda Gisvold at the North Dakota Field Office, 99 23rd Avenue West, Dickinson, ND 58601.  An electronic version of the EA is also available at

Contact the North Dakota Field Office at 701-227-7700 for more information. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: and on Facebook at:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

North Dakota Field Office   99 23rd Ave. West      Dickinson, ND 58601  

Last updated: 12-16-2013