BISMARCK, N.D. — The director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority says proposed increases of crude from Canada’s oil sands likely won’t have an impact on the state’s soaring oil production.
Justin Kringstad says “both Alberta and North Dakota are growing sources of crude and both are looking at how to move that oil to market.”
Calgary-based Enbridge has announced a $7 billion plan to increase the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that runs from Canada to Wisconsin. That project is in addition to the TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Kringstad says refinery destinations for the two crudes may differ because heavy sour crude from Alberta’s tar sands is of lower-value and more difficult to refine than North Dakota’s light sweet crude.