Standing room only at last informational meeting about Sandpiper pipeline

By KBJR News 1

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM CDT

Carlton County, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- It was standing room only in Carlton County at the last informational meeting on Enbridge's Sandpiper pipeline project.

The meeting served as an opportunity for the community to give their input on the pipeline.

Enbridge has proposed a route that would break ground along a new path through rural Carlton County.

Another route being considered is one that would run along an existing utility corridor.

That plan was unanimously approved by the Carlton County Board in November.

People voiced their concerns about the route, saying the pipeline will damage farm land and create a threat to food sources.

"We have been working with those groups and reached a solution to address their concerns while still accommodating the pipeline; which is essentially an alternative route across some organic farms which we have filled with the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Commerce," said Mark Curwin, director of strategic coordination for Enbridge.

"The alternate route is a significant improvement over the original one," said Janaki Fisher-Merritt, Owner of Food Farm. "For the last 15 or so miles it more closely follows their existing pipeline route."

People have until April 4 to submit their comments to the Public Utilities Commission, which will ultimately determine the best route for the pipeline.

The public utilities commission will look over the alternative routes.

After that, there will be an environmental analysis of the routes and public hearings in front of an administrative judge.

For more information about the Sandpiper pipeline, clickhere

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