- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A new report says the best way to prevent pipeline leaks is through proper installations, inspections and learning from the past.

The report done by the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center was presented Wednesday to the state Industrial Commission.

It’s the first phase of a two-part, $1.5 million report authorized by the Legislature to find methods of preventing pipeline spills in the state.

The second-phase of the report will study leak-detection and monitoring systems that could be employed. It is slated to be completed next year.

EERC researcher John Harju says there are about 24,000 miles of pipelines in the state that carry crude and other oilfield liquids.

Harju says preventing pipeline leaks is even more important than detecting a leak that already has occurred.

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