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Enbridge’s proposed pipeline filed with PUC

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By Anna Erickson

Enbridge has proposed the Sandpiper Pipeline Project that will run from North Dakota to Wisconsin, with a portion of pipeline proposed through Hubbard County and has just submitted an initial application to the Public Utilities Commission.

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Christine Davis, Enbridge community affairs spokesperson, said Monday that comment is being taken on the completeness of the application through Thursday, Dec. 5.

After that, there will be more public hearings and public information given out to all those interested in the project.

Under state law, the PUC must approve the project before Enbridge can move ahead. That process will likely take months.

Davis said that Enbridge will host additional public meetings and people will have additional opportunities to submit comments.

The project is being developed to meet the growing demand for North Dakota crude.

A meeting was held in Park Rapids in August and Enbridge officials have been meeting with landowners.

Project team members were available at that meeting to meet one-on-one with residents and interested community members to provide information and answer questions.

Enbridge’s proposal is for a $2.6 billion pipeline with 299 miles across Minnesota. The pipeline would transport crude petroleum from Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge Station south of Tioga, N.D. to its terminal in Superior, Wis. The Sandpiper Pipeline will be owned and operated by Enbridge Pipelines (North Dakota) L.L.C.

According to Enbridge’s application, the Minnesota portion of the ­project will cost $1.2 billion and create 1,500 temporary pipeline jobs. The construction schedule would begin in 2014 and end in 2016, according to the Public Utilities Commission filing.

Much of the pipeline will generally follow Enbridge’s existing pipeline or other utility right-of-way in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Project’s initial capacity will be 225,000 barrels per day to Clearbrook and 375,000 barrels per day to Superior.

According to Enbridge, from Superior, the oil will be transported by Enbridge and other interconnected pipelines to refinery hubs in the United States and eastern Canada.

The proposed timeline for the project includes planning, design, outreach and permitting through late 2014, with construction beginning in late 2014 through 2016. The pipeline could be operational by 2016.

Enbridge continues to seek feedback on the proposed route. For more information about the project, call 855-788-7805 or go to www.enbridge.com/SandpiperProject.

Written comments can be emailed to sandpiperproject@enbridge.com or Enbridge Pipelines (North Dakota) LLC, Sandpiper Pipeline Project, 1409 Hammond Ave., Superior, WI 54880.

Comments can also be submitted to the PUC at puc.state.mn.us.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
(218) 732-3364
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