Dakota Natural Gas still mulling pipeline into Traill County

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 6:00 am

Dakota Natural Gas has started preliminary permit work to bring a natural gas pipeline into Traill County and continues to court a number of potential large customers.

However, Greg Palmer, the company’s chief executive officer, said it’s still too early for the company to pull the trigger on the $10 million to $15 million pipeline.

In a Nov. 13 email to the Traill County Economic Development Commission, Palmer said the company doesn’t have the necessary customer agreements lined up yet to make the project financially viable.

Four targeted large commercial clients have not responded to proposed agreements, although officials were continuing to work to finalize deals or determine if those clients were not interested, Palmer said.

Jim Murphy, TCEDC executive director, said Palmer’s email keeps hope alive that the county could get a natural gas pipeline extending west from Beltrami, Minn., to Hillsboro and Mayville-Portland in the next two years.

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