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Berthold Reaps Energy Rewards

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Enbridge celebrated the completion of two major projects in Berthold yesterday that together will move more than 200,000 barrels of oil out of North Dakota every day --- bringing the total to more than 475,000 barrels.

The Bakken Pipeline Expansion Project and the Berthold Rail facility were a combined $1.2 billion dollar investment for Enbridge in North Dakota.

Enbridge chose Berthold because of the city's position near existing pipelines, but as Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, the relationship has been mutually beneficial.

The Enbridge expansion woke Berthold from the start.

What city leaders did not know at the time of project approval, Enbridge arrived just in time.

(Dan DeRouchey, General Manager, Berthold Farmers Elevator) "That's no secret of 2011. This area did not get the crop seeded."

A relationship developed between Berthold Farmers Elevator and the Enbridge Rail facility, creating more than 40 jobs.

(Mayor Alan Lee, City of Berthold) "Berthold Farmers Elevator gained additional revenue through a non-ag source which in turn benefits all our local patrons."

(Steve Wuori, President, Liquid Pipelines, Enbridge) "These are local people who are committed to the area just as we are."

(Dan DeRouchey, General Manager, Berthold Farmers Elevator) "There's just a lot more stability in their jobs and their income levels. That's a big deal on a local basis."

(Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D) North Dakota) "You are combining our two great industries: agriculture and energy. Both industries that need rail to move their commodities can share some of the profitability toward that effort."

Enbridge also invested $200,000 directly to the city to help with growth.

Mayor Alan Lee says the money was used for a new daycare center and a house for the city patrolman.

Further traffic control was needed on Highway 2.

After a roundtable discussion, Enbridge funded the extra stopping lane for truck traffic.

(Rep. Kevin Cramer, (R) North Dakota) "Solutions came from that. Not from Washington. Not from the regulatory system. But from the mayor expressing real life concerns in a real life way."

(Mayor Alan Lee, City of Berthold) "We look back and we had many accidents there prior to that. Since then I don't think we've had a single fender-bender out there. I think that's a real positive part that Enbridge did for our community."

While the energy impact in Berthold came quickly, NAT dual commodity and dual community commitment is right on track.

In Berthold, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Enbridge also relocated a railway passing track that used to be in the middle of Berthold which made travel easier for emergency services.

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