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By Matthew Liedke, Grand Forks Herald
group of Minnesota pipeline workers visited Bemidji on Wednesday as part of traveling expo to show how the industry operates in the state.
The group, which includes a coalition of four labor unions involved in pipeline construction and installation, visited the Beltrami County Fairgrounds to speak with local residents about technology, safety and economic impacts pipelines bring to the local area.
“There are three types of people we are trying to reach with this,” said Dan Gunderson, spokesperson for the Pipeline and Building Trades Technology Expo. “Those who are concerned about safety, those who want to know more about how the pipelines are built and those looking for an opportunity in this industry.”
Regarding pipeline safety, Gunderson said pipeline industry workers want the public to know how much training is involved in the industry and the low amount of spills that happen nationwide.
“For us to have a leak, it means we didn’t deliver. We absolutely don’t want that to happen,” Gunderson said. “Pipelines carry crude oil in this country safely 99.99 percent of the time, though, and we want to get that number to 100 percent.” Continue reading…