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By Jessica Sena
That which comes up, must go down; from upstream at the wellhead, to refineries downstream. But what happens in between?
The petroleum industry’s midstream sector is often omitted from conversations about activity; however, pipelines serve as lifelines in the volatile energy sector, transporting not only crude oil, but natural gas.
In spite of their controversial nature, pipelines are the safest and most prolific mode of petroleum transportation, with more than 2.6 million miles across the country, compared to just 240,000 miles of railroad.
Biggest in the Bakken
Here in the Bakken, ONEOK Partners owns six processing facilities with two more under construction, more than 6,500 miles of pipeline, and over 3 million acres of production dedicated to their systems. It’s the largest independent operator of natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Williston Basin. Between 2006 and 2014, ONEOK Partners completed $8 billion dollars of capital-growth projects and acquisitions companywide, and has investments of approximately $3 billion in additional projects at varying stages of production across the Williston Basin area.