Little opposition expected for ONEOK pipeline in Dunn, McKenzie counties

KILLDEER -- Dunn County commissioners said they don't expect much opposition to a natural gas liquids pipeline project proposed in the county by ONEOK Bakken Pipeline LLC.

KILLDEER -- Dunn County commissioners said they don’t expect much opposition to a natural gas liquids pipeline project proposed in the county by ONEOK Bakken Pipeline LLC.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission is hosting a public hearing at 9 a.m. Monday at the Killdeer City Hall about the Bear Creek NGL pipeline project, which would originate at the Bear Creek natural gas processing plant under construction north of Killdeer and meander 38 miles northwest before connecting to the Targa pipeline south of Watford City in McKenzie County.

“I don’t expect to see a whole lot of opposition,” said Craig Pelton, a Dunn County commissioner. “It’s kind of an informational thing anyhow.”


Pelton said he had not been approached by people concerned about the pipeline, and added it’s likely good for the county as it should play a role in cutting natural gas flaring from oil well sites.

“The only opposition is people getting their reclamation stuff done right,” he said.

The 8-inch pipeline is expected to cost between $35 million and $45 million, according to ONEOK communications consultant Stephanie Higgins, and would carry NGLs -- a mixture of ethane, propane, butanes, iso-butane mix, pentanes and natural gasoline.

It would connect to the Bakken NGL pipeline, which transports unfractionated NGLs from the Bakken to northern Colorado and then to ONEOK facilities in central Kansas, according to the company.


If approved, the pipeline is expected to be completed by late summer or early fall, Higgins said in an email.The Bear Creek processing plant and its related infrastructure are expected to cost approximately $265 million to $375 million and would completed around the same time.

“It’s being built near the existing ONEOK Partners natural gas gathering, compression and residue takeaway infrastructure in Dunn County and will alleviate pipeline inefficiencies in an area challenged by geographical constraints and severe terrain,” Higgins stated in her email. “The plant allows us to respond more quickly to accommodate our customers’ crude-oil and natural gas production on acreage dedicated to us in the area.”

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