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Sandpiper public comment periods ends today

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The public comment period on proposed routes for the Sandpiper Pipeline ends Thursday, Aug. 21 at 4:30 p.m. 

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The North Dakota Pipeline Company’s preferred Sandpiper route – which runs from Clearbrook, Minn., to Superior, Wisc. – extends further south than its existing pipelines across northern Minnesota. As proposed by the company, the Sandpiper Pipeline would dip down around Hubbard county, to Park Rapids and then east to Superior from there.

In a series of public meetings about the pipeline, eight alternative routes have been proposed by individuals, lake associations, government entities and other groups.

One of the eight route alternatives suggested would cross through the northeast corner of Otter Tail County, following the existing Viking natural gas pipeline. This alternative was proposed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Topics open for comment are:

-What, if any, of the eight alternative routes identified in the Department of Commerce Alternative Routes Summary Report should be considered further? This report is available online athttps://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1239391/minn-dpt-of-commerece-july-16-2014.pdf.

-What is the legal basis for determining whether an alternative route should be considered in the certificate of need proceeding?

-What is the legal basis for determining whether an alternative route should be considered in the route permit proceeding?

To submit public comments, visit the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission website at http://mn.gov/puc/, select “Comment on an Issue,” enter the year (13), and then the docket number 473 or 474 and add comments to the discussion.  

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