In this week’s news update, a lightning strike leads to a fire at a disposal well in North Dakota, and the Line 3 Replacement Project will rebuild a 50-year-old pipeline.

Canada’s National Energy Board, on April 25, granted conditional approval to an Enbridge project to replace a pipeline that would allow more Canadian crude oil to flow into the U.S.

The $7.5 billion Line 3 Replacement Project involves rebuilding the 1,031-mile pipeline that’s nearly 50 years old and has had several ruptures over the years, according to the Associated Press.

The new pipeline would allow 760,000 barrels a day to be shipped from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin.

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Lightning Strike Leads to Fire at Disposal Well
A lightning strike at a saltwater disposal well near Manning, North Dakota, on April 24 led to a “very large explosion,” Dunn County Emergency Manager Denise Brew said in a story by the Grand Forks Herald.

The fire burned 640 barrels of oil and 640 barrels of salt water at the site, operated by QC Environmental Services. The company says the lightning struck the tank battery.

No one was injured. A truck driver on site notified emergency services and the fire was contained quickly.

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