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Associated Press, Published April 26 2011

Plan for pipeline project approved by ND House

BISMARCK — The North Dakota House has approved using a patchwork of loans to pay for a $150 million water pipeline project in western North Dakota.

The bill passed 81-12 on Tuesday. Negotiators from the House and Senate agreed on the plan earlier. It awaits Senate approval.

Bismarck Rep. George Keiser (KY'-zur) says the plan carries some risk.

But he says it will encourage economic development and provide drinking water in northwestern North Dakota.

The Bank of North Dakota would loan $50 million for the project and be repaid first. The state would lend another $60 million.

The deal says the Legislature should approve another loan to finish the work in two years.

The pipeline would take water from the Missouri River near Williston and sell it to cities and oil companies.