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Pipeline to run through county

Pipeline route

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.

“It is a proposed route and we’re just starting discussions with landowners and getting feedback,” said Becky Haase, specialist in stakeholder relations for Enbridge Energy Company, Inc.

The project is being developed to meet the growing demand for North Dakota crude and will assist in establishing a long-term, stable and reliable source of crude for the United States and its refineries.

A meeting was held in Park Rapids Wednesday at Century School.

Project team members were available to meet one-on-one with residents and interested community members to provide information and answer questions. Community members had a chance to view displays, speak one-on-one with project team members and come-and-go at their convenience.

Enbridge is proposing to expand its existing pipeline system by constructing an approximately 610-mile pipeline to 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.

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.

According to Enbridge, project benefits include:

n Local and regional economic boost from the purchase of local products and materials during construction and into operation as workers use local hotels, restaurants, and services.

n Long-term economic activity from ongoing pipeline operation, and property and sales tax revenues.

n Employment for construction professionals and new business for contractors hired to assist in the design, survey, environmental assessment and project planning processes.

n New capital investment in America’s energy infrastructure to help meet this and future generations’ energy needs.

n Increased access to long-term, reliable and economical supplies of crude petroleum produced in North America.

n Increased pipeline capacity to transport growing volumes of North American crude petroleum to fulfill a larger portion of the country’s domestic energy needs, thus reducing reliance on imports from less stable areas of the world.

n Increased flexibility in the Midwest and beyond, benefiting regional refineries and consumers.

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

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

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561