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Published April 26, 2011, 06:58 PM

ND Lawmakers Approve Plan for Pipeline Project

North Dakota lawmakers have approved a loan plan to pay for a $150 million water pipeline project in northwestern North Dakota.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers have approved a loan plan to pay for a $150 million water pipeline project in northwestern North Dakota.

The bill passed the Senate and House by large margins on Tuesday. It now awaits the governor's approval.

Bismarck Rep. George Keiser (KY'-zur) says the plan will encourage economic development and bring drinking water to rural residents.

Sen. Margaret Sitte (SIT'-ee) opposed the bill. She says the state shouldn't compete against private water sellers.

The Bank of North Dakota would loan $50 million for the project and be repaid first. The state would lend another $60 million.

The deal says the Legislature should approve another loan in 2013 to finish the work.

The pipeline would take Missouri River water near Williston and sell it to residents and oil companies.

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