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Site plan approved for ND natural gas processor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- An energy company has received approval to start construction of a new natural gas processing plant in northwestern North Dakota.

The Oneok company says the plant will cost $160 million and be able to process 100 million cubic feet of natural gas each day. Oneok is based in Tulsa, Okla.

The company already has built one natural gas processing plant at the site near Watford City. Another one is under construction. North Dakota's Public Service Commission approved the site plan for a third plant on Wednesday.

North Dakota's natural gas production has been rising along with the state's oil output. About one-third of the natural gas that's produced now is burned off, because pipelines aren't in place yet to process the fuel.