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North Dakota Public Service Commission chairman Julie Fedorchak says one solution to get natural gas to communities now without gas is to use liquefied natural gas.

Fedorchak says some North Dakota communities are looking at that option. She says one company – Dakota LNG – produces the liquefied natural gas in North Dakota.

"They have excess supply, and are looking for more customers," Fedorchak told the Legislature's interim Economic Impact Committee. "They can truck the liquefied natural gas to the communities, and it then can be vaporized."

Expanding natural gas service in ND

Mar 18, 2016

Some North Dakota business and local government leaders say cities that do not have natural gas services are at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting business, especially manufacturing.

And an interim Legislative committee is studying ways to expand natural gas service to those communities.

"It's starting to rank along with the transportation network, fiber optics, power and affordable energy services as key criteria companies look for when investing in communities," Public Service Commission chairman Julie Fedorchak told the interim Economic Impact Committee.

Some North Dakota cities say not having a natural gas supply is hurting their efforts to attract manufacturing.

"We're basically without a tool if we don't have natural gas," Jamestown economic development director Connie Ova told the Legislature's interim Economic Impact committee.

AARP intervening in MDU natural gas rate case

May 27, 2015

AARP has asked to formally intervene in the MDU natural gas rate case now pending before the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

AARP’s Josh Askvig says the organization has two issues with the current rate case. He says one is the “fixed cost” for delivering natural gas – that is, the basic cost before the actual price of the gas is added.

"In 2013, the fixed charge was $9 a month," said Askvig. "Last year, they raised it to $15 a month. A year later, they're asking to raise it another 40 percent, to $21 a month."

North Dakota and Texas both produce a lot of oil - and they also both burn off a lot of natural gas.

New natural gas processing plant to be built in McKenzie County

Jul 31, 2014

An Oklahoma-based natural gas processing firm has announced it will be building a new processing plant in McKenzie County.

The Demicks Lake plant will process 200 million cubic feet of gas per day. It’ll cost between $605 million and $785 million to build.

"As part of this investment, the partnership will also additional natural gas compression at the partnership's five existing natural gas plants," said OneOK president Terry Spencer. "And we will build 12 miles of natural gas liquids gathering pipeline."

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The percentage of natural gas being flared in North Dakota’s Williston Basin dropped a bit in March.

It was reduced to 33 percent – from a high of 36 percent in the previous winter months.

State mineral resources director Lynn Helms says the Hess natural gas processing plant – which had been down for repair and expansion – was back on line by the end of March – and that helped. But Helms says he expects to see flaring further reduced this summer, because new rules that take effect June first will require new wells to have gas capture plans.

BLM writing new rules on natural gas flaring

May 10, 2014
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The federal Bureau of Land Management is working on new rules to reduce or prevent the flaring of natural gas from wells drilled on federal lands.

The BLM held a hearing in Dickinson to gather comments on the situation. In North Dakota, more than a third of the natural gas is flared – and on the Fort Berthold Reservation, the percentage is much higher.

Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor says BLM is just at the start of the rule making process. He says there are a number of issues to work through.

Liquid natural gas plant coming to Tioga

May 7, 2014
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

It’s the first of its kind for North Dakota.

North Dakota LNG is building a liquefied natural gas processing plant in Tioga. The company says the first phase will be on-line this summer, producing 10,000 gallons per day of LNG. Then, in 2015, another 66,000 gallons per day will be added.

Company CEO Pat Hughes says initially, the LNG will be used specifically by the oil industry.

"One is to supplement the use of diesel fuel on drill rigs," said Hughes. "The second is to use LNG in the fracking process."

New natural gas processing plant in the works

May 2, 2014

Another natural gas processing plant is being proposed for western North Dakota.

One OK (one-oak) wants to build a 200 million cubic feet per day facility 13 miles southwest of Watford City. Public Service Commission president Brian Kalk says the application was received in April.