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ONEOK proposes gas plant in ND

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+

The Dickinson Press reported today that ONEOK, a company that recently began construction on a gas processing plant near Watford City, is also planning to build a gas processing plant in Dunn County. ONEOK has stated on several occasions that its plants would help aid North Dakota in the fight against flaring. North Dakota legislation has made a commitment to reduce flaring, the wasteful practice of burning off natural gas during the drilling process.  The proposed plant, The Bear Creek, would be capable of processing 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The Bear Creek plant would cost somewhere between $130 million to $190 million to build. The Garden Creek II, the ONEOK processing plant near Watford City, is expected to be completed at the end of the year. ONEOK is also constructing two other plants in the area. Once all of the plants are functional, ONEOK will provide a processing capacity of 1.2 billion cubic feet per day in North Dakota.

Jack Dalrymple stated earlier this week, “ONEOK is a strong partner in the growth and development of North Dakota’s energy industry and this new plant marks the company’s continued investment in our state and in our efforts to reduce flaring and create new markets for natural gas captured in the Bakken.”


  1. Natural gas flaring is a huge problem, wasteful and against the law. Read the ND Century Code and see what is says about waste, natural resources. It is great news that after about 25 years of natural gas flaring the legislature has FINALLY taken the time to come to the table, fighting, dragging their feet and learned to read (and possibly enforce or abide by) the very law they crafted. What about the carbon footprint, global warming, climate change how many yrs is it going to take for the State to objectively see what most the rest of the world sees? A climate that is dangerously warming, CO2 measurements in the stratosphere above 420 ppm? It is all about special interests and politics, big money and looking the other way to stuff the banks with the green stuff.

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