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ND regulator says natural gas not just for heating

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of North Dakota's Public Service Commission says as the state's natural gas production increases, it will be used for things other than heating homes.

Brian Kalk says utilities are giving natural gas a bigger role in generating electric power. Other companies want to turn the fuel into farm fertilizer.

The commission has approved a site plan for a new natural gas processing plant in northwestern North Dakota. It will be able to handle about one-seventh of North Dakota's current gas production.

Kalk says as North Dakota's oil production rises, so does its output of natural gas. And he says more companies want to use natural gas for a variety of purposes. He says that will help prevent the fuel from being wasted.

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