Fargo Forum: Veteran pipeline worker doubles as environmental watchdog

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — As Evan Whiteford drives around the Bakken, he can easily spot pipelines with poor quality work.

"Once you notice it, you'll see it everywhere," said Whiteford, pointing to pathways of sparse or dead vegetation.

But in other areas, the former pipeliner points out past construction zones where vegetation is flourishing on the pipeline right-of-way.

"If it's good, you can drive right by it and not even know it's there," he said.

Whiteford, 34, is working to increase the number of successful pipelines in North Dakota as an organizer for the Laborers' International Union of North America North Dakota.

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