Carlton County Land Stewards host forum about proposed Enbridge pipeline

By KBJR News 1

November 21, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn (NNCNOW.com) -- The proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline has some people across the Northland concerned about what it will do to their property.

At a forum at the University of Minnesota Duluth today community members got a chance to learn more about the process of choosing the route and the various issues relating to each of two routes that have been proposed to the Public Utilities Commission.

One of the two routes proposed by Enbridge would break ground along a new path through rural Carlton County.

The second route would run along an existing utility corridor.

PUC officials say they welcome all the input they can get.

"The public utilities commission is a small group of folks. We can't be experts on everything so we rely on other folks citizens, the DNR the department of transportation and others to help make the best decision possible," said Tracy Smetana, Public Adviser for the PUC.

Commission officials say Enbridge has submitted an application for the pipeline.

Officials say they expect the application acceptance will be on the commission agenda in January.

Meanwhile, some of those at today's forum were encouraging people to write letters to the PUC outlining any concerns they might have with either of the proposed routes.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.