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Published September 22, 2010, 06:40 PM

Regulators Approve New Oil Pipeline in Western ND

North Dakota regulators have approved a new 77-mile oil pipeline in three western counties that will help reduce truck traffic in the region.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved a new 77-mile oil pipeline in three western counties that will help reduce truck traffic in the region.

The state Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a route for the 12-inch pipeline through Billings, Dunn and McKenzie counties. Bridger Pipeline LLC of Wyoming hopes to finish the line next summer. It will be capable of carrying at least 60,000 barrels of oil daily.

Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer says the pipeline will deliver crude to at least three regional oil markets. He says it may also hook up to TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone XL pipeline to deliver oil to the Gulf Coast.

The Bridger pipeline will cost about $29 million.

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