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Oil Facility Plan Sparks Debate

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About a year ago, Energy Infrastructure Partners came to the townspeople of Baden Township with a proposal to build a crude oil facility.

Last week, that proposal was brought up once again and now a meeting tomorrow could impact whether or not those plans can keep moving forward.

A new addition to the oil field may be coming to the Bakken.

But some residents of Baden Township have reservations about having potentially the largest crude oil facility in the state, right in their back yard.

(Sharon Lehman, Baden Township Resident) "We just don't feel that it's appropriate for our area. If it's an oil field project, leave it in the oil field. We are ten miles from the nearest oil wells. We are one of the more peaceful areas of the state. We want to keep it that way.

An eyebrow raising issue Lehman brings up is the traffic.

Spokesperson for the company Greg Barlow, was not available for an interview but did tell us he anticipated flow of new traffic would be about 50 trucks per hour.

That's a total of 1,200 trucks per day, a number that raises a red flag to those living in the proposed area.

(Sharon Lehman, Baden Township Resident) "We can't handle that. They will be all over the township roads. one of the farmers I've talked to said that this will be a farmers worst nightmare. They will not be able to access their fields, they will not be able to use the township roads, they will not be able to use the highways."

The location of the site is Northwest of Coulee, and about 4 miles west of highways 52 and 50 intersection.

Its geographical effect could send ripples well beyond Coulee and Kenmare.

(Amber Turnquest, Planning and Zoning Coordinator, Ward County) "This would be potentially a facility that would impact more people than just the land owners right around that area and that's one of the reasons why there was a public hearing notice in the paper. In order to hopefully get a wider audience.

For some, tomorrow's meeting could have some answers to the questions which could impact a town, county or even a large part of the state.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

A county planning commission meeting will be held tomorrow night at 7 P-M in the Ward County Courthouse in the Ex-Servicemen's Room.

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