WILLISTON – The company that proposed the Keystone XL Pipeline is now moving forward with a new pipeline that would carry crude oil from the Bakken north to Canada.

TransCanada Corp. will hold three open house events next week along the route of the proposed Upland Pipeline, which would carry up to 300,000 barrels of oil per day.

The pipeline would travel 126 miles in North Dakota, beginning about 15 miles southwest of Williston and heading northeast to Burke County, N.D., where it crosses the Canadian border near Flaxton, N.D.

The project is slated to be in service by the end of 2020 if it gets approved by the U.S. State Department, Canada’s National Energy Board and the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Last week, TransCanada submitted information about the Upland to the North Dakota Public Service Commission in a 10-year plan. The company plans to formally apply for the project with North Dakota regulators later this year, said Mark Cooper, a TransCanada spokesman.

TransCanada has submitted an application for a presidential permit, necessary because it crosses the border.

Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten said he’s talked to about 20 or 30 landowners who have received fact sheets in the mail about the Upland project. But the maps made public so far don’t provide a detailed route.

“Nobody knows at this point for sure if they’re in the corridor,” Braaten said.

The project also would include four 100,000-barrel and one 300,000-barrel storage tanks in Williams County, according to information submitted to the PSC.

More information is expected to be available next week at open house events in Lignite, Tioga and Williston.

Cooper said the company’s land management group will work with landowners to identify how to minimize impacts from the pipeline and restore land to a fully productive state.

“We will ensure all concerns a landowner has are communicated to the company and addressed to the best of our abilities,” Cooper said in a statement.

The Upland Pipeline would transport Bakken crude to Canadian markets as well as refineries on the U.S. East Coast.

The pipeline would transport Bakken crude to areas currently only accessible by rail, said Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority.

“The expectations are long-term that this would be another key piece of infrastructure for the movement of Bakken crude,” Kringstad said.


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