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New pipeline proposed for Bakken crude oil

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The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed crude oil pipeline that will cross McKenzie and Golden Valley counties.

Bridger Pipeline, LLC is proposing a 16 inch pipeline, that will carry 105,000 barrels of Bakken crude per day – expandable to 250,000 barrels per day.

It’s a $122 million project.

"It will be 145 miles in total, with 80 of those miles in North Dakota," said PSC Chairman Julie Fedorchak. "It will end in Baker, Montana."

Feoorchak said at Baker, it will connect to other pipelines, that go to Guernsey, Wyoming and other locations.

"The company said it will provide the only direct route for Bakken crude to Cushing, Oklahoma," Fedorchak said.

Fedorchak said this investment by Bridger shows continued confidence in the Bakken.

"Anytime someone's willing to invest $122 million shows some confidence that they're going to be able to recapture that, and they're in for the long haul," Fedorchak said.

Bridger hopes to have the pipeline completed later this year.

The public hearing is scheduled May 5th in Watford City.

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