The Latest: ‘Fraudulent’ ‘pass-through’ is on the rise

In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, workers repair a wall that was damaged in a pipeline explosion in Fargo, N.D. The blast blew out a pipeline that runs through the heart of the Minnesota pipeline town of Fairbanks, killing one worker and injuring two others.

A third worker was treated and released from the hospital, but the other two were in serious condition.

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says one of his state’s pipelines will be shut down on Thursday after a report that it is a “fraudulent pass-through.”

Dayton says he spoke with pipeline operator Sunoco after the blast and the company has been cooperating with authorities.

State and local officials said Monday that the company will shut down the line after the report.

The state has been using the line for almost two decades, but it was shut down in March after a federal investigation.

Officials say it will likely take another six months for the line to be reopened.

Sunoco said Monday it was working with federal authorities to review the report and that the state has agreed to pay for a monitoring system that will be installed in the pipeline.

The explosion occurred shortly after 6:30 p.meeting in Fargo when Sunoco workers were attempting to fix a wall and an electric line in the town.

One worker was killed and two others were injured.

The worker who died was from Minnesota.

Sunico said the explosion was caused by a pressure plate that was not properly installed.

The company says the company “had no knowledge” that the work was a pass-by.

The blast came two days after the governor signed legislation that extended an oil spill emergency in North Dakota to Dec. 1.


Mark Dayton has signed legislation expanding an oil disaster declaration to Dec, 1, 2017.

Dayton says it is time to act.


Federal officials say they have confirmed the death of a worker from Minnesota after an explosion in a Minnesota pipeline.

Officials say the worker was in stable condition Monday after being treated at a hospital.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the worker died in a remote area in North Star County after an oil leak on a pipeline exploded in Fairbanks.

The Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are investigating the cause of the explosion.

The North Star River Pipeline Authority said the incident occurred in a “hazardous area” and that there is no immediate threat to public health.

A second worker, who has not been identified, is also in stable but critical condition, the agency said in a statement.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.