Another Bakken Shale crude oil pipeline is on the verge of potential closure as a series of governmental and court rulings have threatened the operation of existing pipeline systems.  The 67-year-old Tesoro High Plains Pipeline, which transports less than 100,000 b/d of Bakken crude, was ordered shut down earlier in July when the Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs unexpectedly ruled the pipeline was illegally trespassing on Native American land. An appeal is expected to be filed shortly with the Interior Board of Indian Appeals. The High Plains ruling came the same month that a federal judge ordered the shutdown of […]