Carlton County Commissioners back new Enbridge pipeline proposal

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Carlton County Commissioners back new Enbridge pipeline proposal

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Carlton County Board of Commissions voted 4-0 to send a letter of support for the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline.

The Commission will send a letter of support to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission concerning Enbridge's plan to pursue a route for a new pipeline along existing utility across the eastern part of Carlton County.

“It just makes sense to use an existing route rather than to break new ground,” said Robert Olean, the chairman of the Carlton County Board and the commissioner who represents much of the land in the eastern part of the county where the pipeline is proposed to cross.

Olean had met with Enbridge officials to convey concern about Enbridge’s initial proposal which drew opposition from some farmers and others in the county.

Jim Crawford, the project supervisor for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project says they have met with Carlton County officials, landowners and other county members to better understand their concerns on the project. Following those discussions, project managers have decided to develop a route along the existing utility corridors.

Crawford says the next step for the project is to complete a construction and environmental assessment as well as work with the landowners that the new route will impact. Enbridge now has to wait for a ruling from the MN PUC on the completeness of the current application before they can file the supplemental filing.

Enbridge Pipelines LLC is proposing to build the Sandpiper Pipeline
Project – an approximately 610-mile interstate crude oil pipeline originating at their Beaver Lodge Station south of Tioga, North Dakota. The Project will bring growing supplies of North Dakota crude oil to an existing terminal owned by an Enbridge affiliate in Superior, Wisconsin.

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