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Associated Press, Published August 29 2012

Site plan approved for ND natural gas processor

BISMARCK, N.D. — An energy company has been given the go-ahead to start construction of a new natural gas processing plant in northwestern North Dakota.

The Oneok company says the plant will cost $160 million and be able to process 100 million cubic feet of natural gas each day. Oneok is based in Tulsa, Okla. It already operates two natural gas processing factories in western North Dakota and is building two others.

North Dakota's natural gas production has been rising along with the state's oil output. About one-third of the natural gas that's produced now is burned off, because pipelines aren't in place yet to process the fuel.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission approved the factory's site plan Wednesday. Commissioner Kevin Cramer says it will help cut down on natural gas waste.

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