Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Second oil pipeline in county possible


Confirming rumors over the last few months, Enbridge Energy has set another round of public open houses to explain the second proposed oil pipeline to be built through Carlton County along the Sandpiper route. This second pipeline will replace an outdated pipeline now passing through the Floodwood area and crossing the northeast corner of Carlton County.

The final permit has not been given by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) for the first oil line to cross the county with its proposed corridor stretching from Automba Township to the Chub Lake area by Carlton and on to the Superior Terminal. This second line would lie next to the first one and is scheduled to be in operation in 2017.

According to Lorraine Little, senior manager of U.S. Public Affairs Liquids Operations and Projects, "Based on pipeline assessments conducted in 2013, Enbridge is proposing the Line 3 replacement project, which will include replacement of the existing Line 3, a 34-inch crude oil pipeline with construction of approximately 350 miles (12 in North Dakota, 338 in Minnesota) of new 36-inch crude oil pipeline."

It is reported that pipe for the first line has been ordered for some time and will be delivered to storage areas along the proposed right-of-way this month.

Open houses for the second proposed crude oil pipeline will be held Thursday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McGregor Community Center, 41442 State Highway 65, McGregor; and Thursday, December 11, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 County Road 61, Carlton. At these gatherings, those attending will be able to view maps, meet Enbridge project personnel and ask questions.

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