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Company alters route for ND natural gas pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Bismarck-based WBI Energy Inc. says it has altered its route for a proposed pipeline to move natural gas from western North Dakota's booming oil patch.

The company says the proposed pipeline route would begin in McKenzie County and connect to existing natural gas pipelines in northwestern Minnesota, near the natural gas trading hub known as Emerson. The company had earlier proposed running the pipeline to Moorhead, Minn.

WBI is a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc. of Bismarck. The company says it began seeking shipping commitments for the pipeline on Thursday.

The project could initially move 400 million cubic feet of natural gas daily. The company estimated the project's cost at more than $650 million.

WBI says construction could begin in 2016 and be completed in a year.