MN PUC approves upgrades, modifications to Enbridge's Alberta Clipper pipeline

By KBJR News 1

August 30, 2014 Updated Aug 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- On Friday the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to approve upgrades, and modifications, to Enbridge Energy's international Alberta Clipper pipeline.

The decision came after several public meetings, and comments from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and an administrative law judge.

The upgrades to line 67, also called the Alberta Clipper pipeline, will include construction of four new pump stations, and modifications at three existing facilities in Minnesota.

When completed, line 67 will have a capacity of 800,000 barrels a day.

Enbridge spokespeople say the upgrades are needed to meet a growing demand for crude oil from Canada and the U.S.

Environmentalists oppose the approval, claiming there is no evidence to support an increased domestic demand.

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