September 2014 In Business Plan On Track

NPN continues to make progress toward its goal of opening a state-of-the-art facility in 2018. While the project remains challenging, important benchmarks are being met.
Most significantly, NPN has secured ownership of a site and the right of way for railroad interconnect. The site is 320 acres of prime industrial property in the northwest quadrant of Grand Forks. It is served by critical infrastructure, including Grand Forks centralized water treatment (WWTP). The WWTP will support our plan to reclaim water, ensuring an adequate supply of process and cooling water; conserving the region’s supply of fresh water; reducing and preventing pollution; and, improving wetlands and stream habitats (a wetlands study has been completed and is being submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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November 2014 In This Issue

In This Issue

• Letter from Board President Darin Anderson

• An interview with Grand Forks Mayor Michael R. Brown

• Technical status update

From the President’s Desk

NPN continues to move forward on key issues needed to break ground on the facility. While we always would

like the process to move more quickly, we are pleased with the progress to date.

One issue that has been gaining more attention recently is natural gas aring in the Bakken oil eld. The Minneapolis-

based StarTribune reported in an October article that natural gas “has been so secondary in North

Dakota that drillers still burn o more than a fourth of what rises from the ground.” According to the newspaper,

North Dakota ares about 28 percent of its natural gas. Texas ares less than 1 percent. North Dakota

Governor Jack Dalrymple has made it clear that he would like to see less aring and more valued added to the

state’s energy resources. Read more