BakkenLink Oil Pipeline

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This article is part of the Global Fossil Infrastructure Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor and the Center for Media and Democracy.

BakkenLink Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in the United States.[1]


The pipeline originates at various reception spots in Billings, McKenzie, Stark, and Williams Counties, North Dakota, and terminate in Fryburg, North Dakota at a crude oil rail loading facility.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: BakkenLink Pipeline[1]
  • Current capacity: 65,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 132 miles (212 km)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year: 2013


The BakkenLink pipeline consists of 132 miles of 8-inch and 12-inch steel crude oil pipeline in North Dakota.[2] It was proposed in anticipation of forecasted constraints arising from increasing oil production the state.[2]

In 2013, BakkenLink completed construction and commissioning on the portion of the pipeline system extending from Dry Creek to Fryburg at a cost of $100 million.[2][3]

The Environmental Assessment for the BakkenLink Dry Creek to Beaver Lodge Pipeline Project, released in April 2016, concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required on the project because the easement for the pipeline "would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment."[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 BakkenLink Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. BakkenLink Pipeline Project, Bartlett & West, accessed September 2017
  3. BakkenLink Dry Creek to Beaver Lodge Pipeline Project final environmental assessment, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 13 Apr. 2016

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