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Anybody else hear about this? I guess it makes sense but I'm not sure how I feel about it with the environmental impact and all. If this comes to be, it sounds like Duluth/Superior could become a pretty important port city for oil. Lots of money coming to all of these communities as well.

Sandpiper Project

North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC is proposing to build the Sandpiper Pipeline Project. The Project will transport light crude oil from Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge Station, near Tioga, North Dakota, to an existing terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. If approved, the Sandpiper Pipeline will:

  • Deliver Bakken light crude oil to U.S. and eastern Canadian refineries that produce fuel for our vehicles, as well as other everyday products;
  • Offset imports from countries that are unstable or unfriendly to U.S. interests, increasing our nations’ energy independence;
  • Provide local job opportunities during construction in Minnesota and North Dakota, with the expectation that 50 percent of the anticipated 3,000 construction jobs are filled by Minnesotans and North Dakotans;
  • Increase revenue at local hospitality and other businesses providing equipment, supplies and materials; and
  • Increase property tax revenue in each county crossed by the Project. In 2011, Enbridge paid $34 million in Minnesota property taxes. Once Sandpiper is in service, Enbridge’s contributions to Minnesota property taxes may increase by as much as $25 million annually.

Since 1949, the foundation of Enbridge’s business has been the safe and reliable operation of its energy transportation facilities. We maintain the highest safety standards and best practices to protect our employees, residents and natural resources along our pipelines. Enbridge designs, constructs, operates and maintains its facilities to comply with or exceed all appropriate regulations, federal laws and national standards.

Project Background

  • The pipeline will be approximately 616-miles in length, 24-inches in diameter from the company’s Beaver Lodge Station south of Tioga, North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minnesota and 30-inches in diameter from Clearbrook to Superior, Wisconsin. Line 81 terminates in Clearbrook, Minnesota and Sandpiper will carry those additional volumes to Superior, Wisconsin.
  • The new pipeline will generally follow Enbridge’s existing pipelines and/or other infrastructure right-of-way. More than 75 percent of the route is on existing utility right-of-way.
  • Enbridge will also install a new pump station and tanks for Sandpiper in Clearbrook, Minn.
  • Sandpiper will be a long-term, reliable transportation link from North Dakota to a variety of markets. It will transport Bakken crude to Enbridge terminals in Clearbrook and Superior. From these terminals, the crude oil can be shipped on Enbridge and other third-party pipelines to Midwest and North American refineries.
  • Pending regulatory approvals, construction will begin in late 2014/early 2015 with the pipeline being placed in-service in Q1 2016.

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It's a nice area up there, hopefully they don't mess it up. However, if done right, I do think the pipeline would be a much better way to transport than the current options.

Ludes, are you buying Enbridge stock soon?

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Sounds like ND Commission approved it today. It will run through Montana, ND, and Minnesota. The pipeline will be able to carry 225,000 barrels of oil each day.

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