Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined federal, state and local officials, industry leaders and landowners in celebrating the commissioning of Bridger Pipeline's new Four Bears Pipeline in western North Dakota. Four Bears will increase the state's intrastate pipeline capacity, while significantly reducing the number of trucks on the region's roadways.
The Four Bears Pipeline is a 77-mile long, 12" crude oil pipeline serving the growing crude production in central McKenzie and Dunn counties, crossing over land in McKenzie, Dunn and Billings counties. The Four Bears System has receipt points at Highway 23 (Keene), Highway 200 (Killdeer), Skunk Hill and Fryburg Stations, with delivery to Baker, Montana.
"The remarkable growth in western North Dakota's oil and gas industry has created opportunities and challenges for our state, and one of those challenges has been reducing the number of trucks traveling on the region's roadways," Dalrymple said. "Bridger's new Four Bears Pipeline will increase our intrastate pipeline capacity and significantly reduce the number of truck miles traveled, resulting in less impact on roads and safer driving conditions."
Four Bears started accepting crude oil in June of last year and became fully operational this past September. Currently, the pipeline is moving approximately 70,000 barrels per day. By Bridger's estimates, that has removed the need for more than 300 truck trips down the north-south corridors (Highways 85 and 22), which translates into over 30,000 less miles traveled per day on these busy roadways. At that rate, at least 11 million truck miles will be eliminated on these roads throughout the upcoming year.
"This pipeline is a great example of everyone working together to address the impacts resulting from the rapid growth of the region's oil and gas production," Dalrymple said. "I commend Bridger Pipeline and all those involved in its completion for their commitment to North Dakota's energy industry."