North Dakota extends deadline for gas pipeline proposals – WCCO


BISMARCK, ND (AP) — A panel that regulates North Dakota’s energy industry voted Monday to extend the deadline for proposals to build a gas pipeline from western North Dakota to the eastern part of the state.

The three-member, all-Republican North Dakota Industrial Commission, led by Gov. Doug Burgum, moved the deadline for proposals to Aug. 15 after no applications were received by the deadline this month. this.

In November, the North Dakota Legislature earmarked $150 million in federal coronavirus aid to help build such a transstate pipeline for natural gas, which is a byproduct of oil production. The idea, pushed by Burgum, was to help reduce wasted flaring at well sites and direct it to communities in the gas-poor eastern part of the state in hopes of boosting the industrial development.

Despite the promised grants, no applications have been submitted for the pipeline.

WBI Energy, a subsidiary of Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group, said the project was not viable due to regulatory uncertainty, limited demand in the state and rising construction costs, labor and land acquisition. MDU Resources is the only Fortune 500 company in North Dakota.

WBI Energy owns and operates more than 3,700 miles of transmission and storage pipelines in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming.

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