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CHS Spiritwood Project Remains on Hold
JAMESTOWN The largest commercial construction project in North Dakota remains on hold as company officials mull the costs and other factors.

In September 2012 CHS announced plans for a $1.2 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood Energy Park, just east of Jamestown, ND. Since the announcement, the estimated costs for the project have risen to $1.8 billion and questions have been raised about the adequacy of the Spiritwood Aquifer to provide the needed 2,700 gallons per minute of water. In April, CHS announced it was delaying the project.

The Jamestown Sun reports the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corporation will ask the Jamestown City Council and the Stutsman County Commission for authority to spend $99,000 on the first phase of a water study on the Jamestown Aquifer. The study would determine the effect of drawing water from under the James River and replacing it with treated waste water released into the river from the CHS plant. The final costs for the water study could total as much as $700,000. Approval for its first phase could come in the first week of August.