North Dakota Hits Pipeline Firm With More Oversight Charges

North Dakota is assessing an additional fee to cover the cost of a contractor to monitor construction of the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move crude from the state’s oil patch.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline last month. Energy Transfer Partners wants to build the $3.8 billion, 1,130-mile pipeline to move crude from North Dakota to Illinois. The North Dakota portion is the longest leg of the pipeline.

The company already has paid a $100,000 fee to cover permitting costs in North Dakota. But a panel that includes the governor charged the company an additional $100,000 on Wednesday to pay for third-party oversight.

PSC chairwoman Julie Fedorchak says the goal is to “hold the company responsible for high standards.”

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