In North Dakota, getting oil and gas out of the ground is the easy part.
Getting it out of the state is where things get tricky.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple hosted a summit Thursday morning to discuss one of the state’s most pressing questions: how to move hundreds of thousand of barrels of crude from its oil fields every single day?
The state's pipeline network, like so much of its infrastructure, has been overwhelmed by the recent oil and gas boom. That’s pushed oil onto trucks, which has led to a big increase in traffic and wear and tear on roadways. Natural gas, meanwhile, is commonly being burned off due to lack of pipeline access.