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New nitrogen fertilizer plant planned for Spiritwood

Sep 13, 2012
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Plans are in the works for a nitrogen fertilizer plant to be built near Jamestown.

CHS, Incorporated – a farmer-owned cooperative – says it wants to build the plant at Spiritwood. It would be a $1.1  to $1.4 billion facility, using North Dakota natural gas to make anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers.

"This would be a significant strategic investment for CHS," said Cooperative CEO Carl Casale. "It's the largest investment in the history of CHS. And we believe it would insure a consistent domestic nitrogen fertilizer supply for our farmer-owners."

Japanese ambassador visits ND

Aug 1, 2012
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Japanese ambassador to the United Statessays there are opportunities for expanded trade with North Dakota.

Ichiro Fujisaki visited Bismarck and Grand Forks. He met with Gov. Jack Dalrymple in Bismarck, and the two leaders talked trade. Fujisaki says there are enhanced trade opportunities with North Dakota– and one area could be liquefied natural gas.

"I think it takes a while to do that," Fujisaki told Bismarck reporters. "The US has never exported oil and gas to Japan. I can not say that we will, but it is a possibility."

As oil production drops, natural gas production climbs

Jul 23, 2012

A study of natural gas produced in the Bakken formation shows as oil production declines, natural gas production will increase.

"Traditionally with oil wells, gas production declines along with the oil decline," said North Dakota Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms. "But these Bakken wells indicate that, after they're 8 to 10 years old, the natural gas production actually starts to increase. This means we could eventually produce twice as much natural gas than we were anticipating 12, 15 years from now."

ND objects to proposed federal 'fracking' rules

Jun 28, 2012

Two federal agencies have proposed new regulations on “fracking.” The EPA and the Bureau of Land Management have issued proposed rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing – a technique widely used in the Bakken shale formation to recover oil. As Prairie Public's Dave Thompson reports, North Dakota’s Industrial Commission is opposing the rules.

"This has always been regulated at the state level," said North Dakota mineral resource director Lynn Helms. "North Dakota has primacy to regulate underground injection control."

"Ethane" pipeline to be built

Jun 21, 2012

The Public Service Commission has okayed the North Dakota portion of an unusual pipeline project. The story from Prairie Public's Dave Thompson.

The pipeline will take a byproduct of natural gas – ethane – that’s captured at the Hess plant at Tioga to a processing facility in Alberta, owned by Nova Chemicals. It’s a 430-mile pipeline – 80 miles of which are in North Dakota.

"Nova processes the ethane and uses it for polymers and plastics," said Commissioner Kevin Cramer. "A lot of food packaging, styrofoam and things like that."

Pipeline capacity expanding in western ND

Jun 15, 2012

Oil and gas pipeline capacity in North Dakota is expected to grow over the next couple of years. As Prairie Public's Dave Thompson reports, that's the word after a pipeline summit in Bismarck, hosted by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Dalrymple says he’s encouraged by that news.