Plant will use Ethane from Natural Gas to Make Consumer and Industrial Plastics

The cutback on flaring the Bakken’s natural gas took another positive step yesterday. A planned plastics manufacturing facility, announced at a press conference in Bismarck, will produce 1.5 million metric tons of polyethylene (3.3 billion pounds annually) from ethane produced in North Dakota. The plant will employ 500 people.

Speaking at the Oct. 13 press conference, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said, “When completed, this project by it...

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