High Prairie Oil Pipeline

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High Prairie Oil Pipeline was a proposed oil pipeline in the United States.[1] It is considered cancelled as of 2018.


The pipeline would have run from the Alexander, North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minnesota, United States.

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Project details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: High Prairie Pipeline LLC[1]
  • Parent company: Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC[1]
  • Capacity: 150,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 450 miles
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Start year:


In 2012 High Prairie Pipelines LLC of Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC proposed a 450-mile pipeline to increase crude oil pipeline takeaway capacity in the Williston Basin of North Dakota to a pipeline market hub in Clearbrook, Minnesota.[1]

In 2012 High Prairie Pipelines accused Enbridge of denying its request to directly link its proposed High Prairie Oil Pipeline with Enbridge’s pipeline at Clearbrook, part of a highway of pipelines currently carrying Canadian oil sands crude into the United States. Enbridge said its 1,900-mile system won't have the capacity to accommodate the U.S. crude by the time the proposed pipeline is built. Producers and refiners in the U.S. Midwest are accusing Enbridge of reserving space for oil sands crude that would have been shipped through the proposed Keystone XL Oil Pipeline, which the Obama administration delayed. High Prairie has said its project could be complete by late 2013 but could falter without the Enbridge link.[2]

On May 17, 2012, High Prairie filed a complaint against Enbridge with violations of numerous sections of the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA). The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) dismissed High Prairie’s complaint on the basis that negotiations between the parties were ongoing and therefore High Prairie’s claims were premature, and in 2014 denied a rehearing.[3]

As of 2018, it had been over four years since further development of the project, and it is considered cancelled.

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 High Prairie Oil Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. Hannah Northey, "U.S. producers accuse Canadian pipeline company of refusing to carry their crude," E&E News, July 12, 2012
  3. "Report of the oil & liquids committee," Energy Law Journal, Nov 16, 2015

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