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2nd ND pipeline summit planned in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple is meeting with industry leaders later this month in Bismarck to push for more oil and gas pipelines in North Dakota.

The summit is slated for June 24 at Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence.

Dalrymple hosted a similar event last year that was attended by more than 100 industry and government officials.

North Dakota is the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. The state is producing about 1 million barrels a day but about 70 percent is being moved by rail, as producers increasingly have turned to trains to reach U.S. refineries where premium prices are fetched.

Dalrymple says more pipelines will reduce truck traffic, curb natural gas flaring and create more markets for the state's oil and natural gas.

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