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ND gov urges building of more oil, gas pipelines

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple is urging the building of more pipelines to keep pace with North Dakota's breakneck oil production.

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

Dalrymple on Tuesday spoke to more than 200 industry and government officials at a conference he organized in Bismarck about the future of pipelines in North Dakota.

State Pipeline Authority Director Justin Kringstad says the state has 17,500 miles of oil and gas pipelines. He says about 2,500 miles of pipelines are being added annually.

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.