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By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications
TIOGA, N.D. – As drilling and fracking have slowed in North Dakota, Rob Bertola with XTO Energy said he often gets asked if he’s still busy.
But Bertola, operations foreman for a natural gas processing plant, hasn’t experienced the slowdown.
In 2014 and 2015, XTO expanded its Nesson Gathering plant near Tioga, added 75 miles of new pipeline and added new compressor stations, an investment of more than $120 million.
“The drilling and stuff has slowed down,” said Bertola, who lives in Williston. “But our side, getting our structures built, pipelines in, we’re very busy.”
Investments in gathering and processing natural gas are expected to continue in 2016, even as companies look to pull more drilling rigs and hold off on completing wells. North Dakota is scheduled to have four new gas processing plants come online in 2016, plus additional gathering lines and compressor stations.