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The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a siting permit on Wednesday for a 77-mile natural gas liquids pipeline in northwest North Dakota.

Oneok Bakken Pipeline LLC received a permit to construct a pipeline starting at the Demicks Lake natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County and extending southwest to Richland County, Mont., to a connection with another pipeline.

“This is vital new infrastructure to help reduce flaring by capturing, processing and safely transporting the vast and valuable energy products being produced in the Bakken,” said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak.

The steel pipeline will carry up to 40,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids. The $125 million project will connect with the Elk Creek Pipeline, a 900-mile pipeline under construction to transport natural gas liquids from Sidney, Mont., to Bushton, Kan.

Fedorchak said the project attempts to minimize impacts to landowners and the environment by co-locating the pipeline in an existing pipeline corridor for 51 of the 77 miles.

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(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or Amy.Dalrymple@bismarcktribune.com)

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