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A local energy company will be permanently closing well sites near the city.

WBI Energy, a company based in Bismarck, will be closing the sites just east of Baker Lake.

According to Fallon County Commissioner Steve Baldwin, the wells are in and around the city. “They are on the east side of the lake by a home. They need to block off the road for a short period of time. There is another one (well) over by the baseball field that is going to be cemented in, covered and reseeded.”

Baldwin said that the plans would be moving forward with the current warm weather the county is having.

According to the mayor of Baker, the company is planning to abandon wells no longer being used.

“To the southeast of Baker, they are taking the above ground well apparatus out and reclaiming that ground,” he said.

“They (WBI Energy) will be taking care of that and they will be re-leveling the ground. They will be coming back in the spring I imagine and re-seeding those areas.... and get them all touched up,” the mayor said.

“It is called the Baker Well Abandonment Project,” Mayor Zachmann said. “They are just storage wells that they no longer use.”

There will just be a minimal expense to the city for surface damage to city property, he added.

There are three wells and four other locations involved in the project located between the east side of Baker Lake and Coral Creek Road.

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