Hearings Set For Two McKenzie Pipelines

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings on Feb. 9 in Watford City on separate pipeline proposals.

ONEOK Bakken Pipeline proposes to construct a 14.4-mile steel loop pipeline and associated facilities in McKenzie County.

The proposed $19.5 million pipeline would parallel and interconnect with the existing ONEOK Garden Creek NGL Pipeline to increase its capacity from 74,000 barrels per day to 93,000 barrels per day.

The pipeline, would would transport natural gas liquids, would start at the Garden Creek Gas Plant near Watford City and go west and south through McKenzie County. About 12.8 miles of the proposed loop would be located within the existing pipeline right-of-way.

The hearing for the ONEOK proposal is at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 at Teddy’s Residential Suites, 113 9th Ave. S.E., Watford City.

A second hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the same location on an Oasis Midstream Services proposal.

Oasis proposes to build about 19 miles of pipeline in McKenzie County to transport crude oil. An 18.3-mile mainline would transport up to 75,000 barrels per day from the Wild Basin Gas Processing and Crude Handling Facility near Watford City to the Tesoro Johnsons Corner Station.

An additional lateral pipeline just under 1 mile long would transport crude oil from the mainline to the proposed Dakota Access pipeline.

The project is estimated to cost $13 million and would include three above-ground oil storage tanks at the Wild Basin location.

The hearings will include an opportunity for the public to comment. For more information, visit www.psc.nd.gov.