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UPDATE: Firm wants to build largest pipeline yet from ND

UPDATED Tuesday, November 5, 2013 --- 2:41 p.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A Canadian company has applied to build the largest pipeline yet from western North Dakota's booming oil patch.

The proposed oil pipeline would run 612 miles into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Enbridge Energy said Tuesday that it's seeking shipping commitments from oil producers, a major step in getting the $2.6 billion pipeline built.

Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Haarsager says the company submitted its project application to North Dakota regulators last week. She says the company will soon do the same in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

She says Enbridge will begin a so-called open season within the week to solicit interest in the pipeline, which is designed to transport 225,000 barrels of oil each day to a hub in northern Minnesota and 375,000 barrels per day to a terminal in Wisconsin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 10:17 a.m.

WRENSHALL, Minn. (AP) -- Enbridge Inc. plans to file applications this week to build a $2.5 billion pipeline to carry oil from North Dakota across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin.

But opponents, including farmers along the route, are organizing to fight it.

The 610-mile "Sandpiper" line would carry more than 200,000 barrels per day from western North Dakota's Bakken fields to the company's terminal in Superior, Wis. The company says its web of pipelines that transport Bakken oil is straining to keep up, so a new line is crucial.

But organic farmers and other property owners in northeastern Minnesota's Carlton County tell Minnesota Public Radio they worry the pipeline will destroy their land and way of life.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will spend a year weighing landowner concerns against the need for Sandpiper.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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