A Minnesota based energy company is pitching their plan to move many products out of western North Dakota and to market.
It's no secret one of the greatest needs in the Bakken is to get oil and natural gas to refineries and gas plants.
Allete is pushing the concept of an "energy corridor" that could move those products and much more including electricity, water and co2.
The idea is to establish a right of way adjacent to Allete's existing transmission line right of way from New Salem to Duluth, Minnesota.
The company says they would expand 60 miles west toward the Bakken for potential wind development and other energy uses.
Governor Jack Dalrymple and company officials say the corridor would consolidate and simplify the shipment of several energy sources along a single line.
The corridor would take North Dakota's products to the largest in-land seaport.
Allete President, Alan Hodnik, says there's a great demand for oil and gas on the east coast.
"Lake Superior provides a logical take off point after aggregation, after Trans shipping for wide distribution across the United States. So I don't see this in a Minnesota context. But I do look at it in a partnership fashion with the State of North Dakota to help it achieve it's fullest energy potential as it helps the nation achieve energy independence," says Hodnik.
Governor Dalrymple says he hopes the corridor can reduce flaring in North Dakota. "I would like to see this corridor be part of the achievement of a large natural gas pipeline from the Bakken to the east. I think the odds of that taking place are greatly enhanced by this concept," says Dalrymple.
Allete says the project will be developed as other energy companies come on board.
They say several projects are currently being studied, but none are ready to be announced.
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