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Future unclear for northern Minnesota oil pipeline project

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The future is unclear for a proposed oil pipeline that would cross northern Minnesota. Enbridge Energy on Tuesday announced it is investing in a different pipeline that would transport North Dakota crude oil — but not across Minnesota. The Canadian company has proposed the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline that would run from the Bakken oil fields through ...

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Groups want Minnesota regulators to reconsider Sandpiper pipeline route

Three environmental groups and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe have asked state regulators to reconsider its decision on a proposed crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, arguing that environmental risks and tribal rights haven’t been fully considered. Requests by the band, Friends of the Headwaters, Honor the Earth, and the Carlton County Land Stewards set the stage for potential ...

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Regulators plan community meetings in August about pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota

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State regulators said Monday that a series of public meetings will be held next month in 11 northern Minnesota communities along a proposed $2.1 billion, 337-mile crude oil pipeline intended to replace an older line through the region. The public meetings about Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement project will begin Aug. 11 in Hallock and Newfolden, Minn., and continue until ...

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Minnesota PUC approves Enbridge’s Sandpiper pipeline but didn’t settle its route

Minnesota regulators on Friday endorsed a controversial northern Minnesota pipeline to carry North Dakota’s crude oil, but left open the prospect of shifting its course away from northern lakes. The 5-0 vote by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) grants pipeline developer Enbridge Energy a certificate of need to construct the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline from the Bakken oil fields ...

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ND calls for expanded infrastructure and safety in the Bakken

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven recently expressed the need for funding to study the safety of oil and gas pipelines as a means to help secure the infrastructure needed to support the United States’ energy independence, according to United Press International (UPI). In a statement, Sen. Hoeven said, “As we work towards building a comprehensive ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan for our ...

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Judge supports Sandpiper pipeline in northern Minnesota

Enbridge Energy’s plans for a new pipeline to carry North Dakota crude oil across northern Minnesota got a major boost Monday when an administrative judge concluded that the Sandpiper project is needed — and that other proposed routes are not as good. The finding by Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman is not the final word on the $2.6 billion proposed ...

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Place your bets: Making long-term investments in the Bakken

The decline in oil prices and dropping rig count have caused hushed whispers and speculations of an impending ‘bust,’ but despite these factors, major players are continuing to put their chips on the table, betting with confidence on the future of the Bakken. The Williston Herald reports that many companies are now looking to long-term investments. Among the deals that ...

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Enbridge Energy doesn’t see oil slowdown affecting Minnesota pipeline projects

Even as the U.S. oil industry slashes investment, pipeline operator Enbridge Energy isn’t paring back its record five-year, $44 billion building program that includes major projects in Minnesota, the company’s CEO Al Monaco said Friday. Monaco said in an interview that the 50 percent drop in crude oil prices since June “is very dire” for the industry, but hasn’t changed ...

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Enbridge defends northern route for pipeline

Pipeline operator Enbridge Energy on Tuesday defended its proposal to build a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline in the face of persistent suggestions by state agencies that another route, farther south, might be better. Company executives testified during the first day of a trial-like evidentiary hearing before a regulatory judge in St. Paul. Critics of the $2.6 billion project have ...

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