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Western ND pipeline project scaled back

August 3, 2011

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— A proposal for a western North Dakota oil pipeline has been scaled back because of uncertainty about whether another pipeline will be built.

BakkenLink Pipeline LLC wants to build a pipeline to collect oil from points in western North Dakota.

The line would link up to TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone XL pipeline near Baker in southeastern Montana.

The Keystone line is intended to deliver oil to locations in Oklahoma and Texas. It has drawn opposition from environmental activists and the U.S. State Department has ordered more time for public comment.

At first the North Dakota project was to deliver oil from Berthold, N.D., to Montana.

Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer says the revamped pipeline project would deliver oil to a proposed rail loading station at Fryburg in southwestern North Dakota.

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