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Last updated 12:20AM ET
January 28, 2022
Prairie Region News
Prairie Region News
Pipeline expansion project to bring more ND oil to market
(Prairie Public) - A pipeline company is proposing a $120-million project to add more oil from western North Dakota and Eastern Montana.

Enbridge Pipeline wants to upgrade 11 pumping stations in North Dakota along a pipeline that runs from northwestern North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minnesota. The project would increase the pipeline capacity by 51, 600 barrels a day -- to 161,600 barrels a day.

"As we all know, North Dakota producers were suffering discounted prices, heavy apportionment on that line as the dramatic increase in production continues in the Bakken formation," said Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer. "Hearing that cry from producers, Enbridge is choosing to invest heavily in the North Dakota system."

"This is a major league investment, but North Dakota has been facing a major league challenge," said Commissioner Tony Clark. "It's reality -- the Bakken play is real."

The PSC has approved ten of the 11 upgrades. Cramer says one person who lives near the Penn station in Ramsey County has asked for a hearing -- and that will be held in Devils Lake June 20th.

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