Traill County Economic Development Commission

A proposed trans-state pipeline that would carry natural gas from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to the Red River Valley could be a game-changer for cities like Buxton and Reynolds, according to the executive director of the Traill County Economic Development Commission.

Jim Murphy told TCEDC’s board of directors during a Dec. 16 meeting that the pipeline, which has public backing from Gov. Doug Burgum and recently received $150 million in seed money from the North Dakota Legislature, would be a major financial boon for Grand Forks.

But the pipeline could be equally as important for commercial businesses in a number of smaller cities in Traill County – including Buxton, Reynolds, Hillsboro and Grandin – if the pipeline extends from Grand Forks to Fargo along Interstate 29, he said.

“This could be a fantastic opportunity for all the cities in Traill County, but especially the northern cities (in the county) not being served” by natural gas, Murphy told the board.

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