Minnesota power company Allete Inc. operates a 465-mile electrical transmission line from western North Dakota to a wind energy center in Duluth, Minn.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he was backing the company's plan to develop an energy transportation corridor that would parallel the existing transmission line.
Allete's clean energy subsidiary plans to extend the right-of-way in North Dakota by 60 miles to accommodate a transport route for natural gas and other forms of energy to connections in Minnesota. From there, Dalrymple said, major natural resources could get to seaports and refineries.
"The corridor would not only support the development of natural gas and oil, but also wind- and coal-generated electricity," the governor said in a statement Wednesday.
North Dakota is one of the country's leading producers of oil and natural gas. Dalrymple said the new corridor could support market opportunities for energy production in his state.