Energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan hosted an open house in Williston Tuesday night to discuss a proposed natural gas pipeline project for North Dakota.
Kinder Morgan operates thousands of miles of oil and gas pipeline and employs hundreds of people in North Dakota. A core of their engineers were at the open house to speak with residents who had questions about the proposed Bakken Missouri River Crossing Project.
It's an expansion of Kinder Morgan's existing system located in Williams County. This proposed pipeline would connect to the Kinder Morgan natural gas gathering system in McKenzie County, a portion of the route crossing beneath the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea Reservoir. When the project is complete, it will capture natural gas that will ultimately be delivered to market and used for things such as heating homes or powering businesses. Kinder Morgan plans on employing 80 construction workers to build the proposed pipeline.
Kinder Morgan Vice President Allen Fore says these projects are important because they're really about domestic energy infrastructure and providing maximum value for natural resources across the country.
"Companies like Kinder Morgan, when we're looking at investing in projects, we're looking to areas of the country like North Dakota and the Bakken that really get the energy business. They know that this is so crucial to our economy, to our energy security, really to our national security. North Dakota is a leader in the national discussion about domestic energy supply and transportation," said Fore.
Pending regulatory approvals, the $30 million dollar is targeted to start construction in the summer of 2019.
Kinder Morgan will be hosting another open house in Watford City Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.