ONEOK addresses concerns about expansion at public meeting

In order to help meet industry demands and reduce flaring, ONEOK has plans to expand its Bear Creek Gas Processing Plant in Dunn County.

But -before they can break ground, they had to answer some questions and concerns from the Public Service Commission and local residents.

During the PSC meeting on Wednesday at the High Plains Cultural Center in Killdeer,  ONEOK seemed to have all I’s dotted and T’s crossed on any environmental or safety concerns,

It was also revealed during the meeting that the company is highly respected in the community.

“Anything that involves community. . .  donations or grant awards to EMS systems . . . ONEOK has been superior to work with,” said Daryl Dukartm, Dunn County Commissioner.

Dukart also said that he thinks the company’s plans to expand the plant from 80 million standard cubic feet per day to 175 million will be great for the area.

“At the end of the project when it is completed, we are hopefully going to see some additional employment. Today they employ roughly 20 local people”.

Dunn County Commissioner, Donna Scott, said the tax revenue that will be coming to the county from expansion will help “immensely”.

Some concern was raised when a ONEOK official said that traffic along 11th Street SW, which leads to the plant off of Highway 22 North, will double once construction is finished.

Cattle producers who use the road to take their calves to a weighing station in the Fall are concerned that truck traffic will block their access.

“We are really concerned with the width of the road and how it will stand up,” said Scott.

The Dunn County Commission has reconstructed and plans to pave the road, so two lanes of traffic can flow more safely.

“”Let save what we have our dollars invested into. This company is bringing back a large amount of tax revenue back. . .  a project like this is so important to Dunn County,” said Dukart.   

The proposed gas plant expansion is still in the early stages, but the company would like to break ground in August.

According to ONEOK, expanding the plant ,including the costs associated in building the existing plant, will be a total investment of approximately $250 million.

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