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PSC member concerned about having enough natural gas liquids for petro-chemical development in ND

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A member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission said while she’s glad OneOK is planning to build a new natural gas liquids pipeline to carry Bakken NGLs, she’s a little concerned that there may not be a supply for any potential petro-chemical industry development in North Dakota.

One OK is planning to build the $1.4 billion, 900 mile Elk Creek pipeline from eastern Montana to Kansas.

"When these pipes go in, they get long-term commitments," Fedorchak said. "It makes it hard for anyone who want to build a facility in North Dakota to actually have the ethane to do it."

Fedorchak said she appreciates One OK’s commitment. But she saids she hopes there isn’t a “point of no return” for any NGLs to be available for North Dakota.

"I appreciate the commitment, and I know it's necessary to find an off-ramp for these products," Fedorchak said. "But once the infrastructure is in place, I fear there is a point of no return, where the product is all going to be gone, and we won't have the opportunity to develop the industry in this state."

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ND Pipeline Authority director Justin Kringstad.

"As we look forward to North Dakota's petroleum development, I believe there are enough natural gas liquids," said Pipeline Authority director Justin Kringstad.

Kringstad told reporters the new pipeline is a necessity.

"As we sit today, the production level (of NGLs) is above our pipeline capacity," Kringstad said. "We're utilizing trucks and rail cars in order to move all the NGLs to market."

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