MCKENZIE COUNTY, N.D. - ONEOK announced that if approved, they want to start construction for the $125 million natural gas liquid pipeline in May. The announcement was made during a public hearing hosted by the North Dakota Public Service Commission in Watford City.
Seventy-four miles of the pipeline will be laid in McKenzie County, and three in Richland. This will capture 40,000 barrels a day, or the equivalent of 168 trucks per day from Demicks Lake Natural Gas Processing plant to the Elk Creek Pipeline.
Commissioners say there are not that many liquid gas lines in the area, so right now, companies transport much of the liquids via railway and truck, which can lead to explosive situations, and more environmental impact than they say is necessary.
"The rail traffic and the truck traffic emits more pollution than just putting it in a pipeline and shipping it to the central part of the country where the markets are. It has less impact to the locals, you don't have the noise, you don't have the congestion of the trucks and the trains,” said North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak.
She says they will be working this month to finish the permitting process, so it is likely that the construction will be able to start in a couple of months.