State regulators OK natural gas pipeline in Traill

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Posted: Friday, September 25, 2020 6:36 am

The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved an $8.5 million pipeline project that will bring natural gas to Hillsboro and Mayville in 2021.

The Dakota Natural Gas project, which will extend the Viking Gas Pipeline in western Minnesota into Traill County, received rave reviews from PSC Chairman Brian Kroshus and Commissioners Julie Fedorchak and Randy Christmann.

“This is a big deal for that region … and for the rural communities in the eastern portions of the state,” Fedorchak said prior to voting in favor of the project.

Fedorchak, who lives in Bismarck, visited Traill County in 2013 and heard comments from local leaders that they were unable to attract large employers to the area due to a lack of natural gas.

“They said we cannot compete when it comes to attracting new industrial projects. Companies wouldn’t even look at them,” she said.

Greg Palmer, chief executive officer for Dakota Natural Gas, said Wednesday’s approval from the Public Service Commission wasn’t the final hurdle to move the project forward – although it was one of the biggest.

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