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Associated Press, Published April 25 2012

Construction of short ND oil pipeline approved

BISMARCK, N.D. — A new 17-mile pipeline west of Stanley is expected to help ease truck traffic on U.S. Highway 2.

Plains Pipeline LP wants to finish the project by the end of the year. It will cost $13.6 million to build.

The pipeline will carry oil to a rail loading station in western Mountrail County. It will be able to ship 47,000 barrels of oil daily.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission approved the project Wednesday.

Commissioner Kevin Cramer says normally the oil would be shipped by truck along U.S. Highway 2. He says the pipeline will keep 235 trucks off the road each day when it's finished.

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