North Dakota mulls $1 million grant for mobile fertilizer plants
Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:10 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A New York company wants $1 million in North Dakota taxpayer aid to explore a proposal for mobile plants that turn natural gas into farm fertilizer.
The state Industrial Commission will consider the request next week.
About a third of the natural gas produced in North Dakota is burned off and wasted because the pipeline networks needed to move the gas haven't been built yet.
Natural gas is a byproduct of oil production. State officials are expecting big increases in natural gas output in the future.
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is a member of the Industrial Commission.
He says project could reduce the amount of wasted gas while providing much-needed and lower-cost fertilizer for farmers.
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