Company proposes oil pipeline from the Bakken to WisconsinFargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Safety concerns and questions are brewing about a proposed pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin.
By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY
Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Safety concerns and questions are brewing about a proposed pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Enbridge Energy is proposing the $2.6 billion Sandpiper Pipeline.
It would stretch 612 miles, starting in the Bakken and ending in Superior, Wis.
Officials say there's a shortage of pipeline capacity out of the North Dakota area right now so the project is intended to address that concern
The Sandpiper Pipeline would start in Beaver Lodge, come through Minot, Grand Forks, Clearbrook, Minn., then end in Superior, Wis.
Officials say they plan to go around Devils Lake.
Mark Curwin, Enbridge Energy: “Well there's a large water body there and it makes sense frankly as your route pipelines to try and stay away from population centers as well as significant natural resources.”
Enbridge Energy is responsible for one of the most costly pipeline accidents in U.S. history.
In 2010, a ruptured pipeline in Marshal, Mich. dumped more than 1.1 million gallons of heavy crude into a creek that feeds into the Kalamazoo River.
If approved, construction would start in December 2014. Officials say they hope the pipeline would be in service by 2016.