BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple and a Minnesota-based energy company are pushing the concept of an "energy corridor" that could move oil, natural gas, electricity and water out of western North Dakota.
Dalyrmple and Allete Inc. officials announced the concept on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. The idea is to establish a right of way adjacent to Allete's existing electric transmission line from in western North Dakota to Duluth, Minn., where such things as oil and natural gas could be shipped to other markets.
Pipelines in the corridor also could move water to other parts of the state and wastewater from North Dakota's oil patch. Coal-fired power plants' carbon dioxide emissions also could be sent along the corridor to be stored underground or used for enhanced oil recovery, Dalrymple and company officials said.
The corridor would consolidate and simplify the shipment of several energy sources along a single line, cutting costs and lessening impacts to landowners, Dalrymple and Allete Chairman and CEO Alan Hodnik said.
"We will encourage people to look at this," Dalrymple said.
Allete's existing transmission lines carries electricity from its wind farm in western North Dakota and from the Minnkota Power Cooperative's Milton R. Young Station near Center. Allete owns the mine near Center that provides coal to the power plant. The company also owns, among other things, a Minnesota electric utility that serves more than 140,000 residents and large industrial customers.