STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER State agency approves oil pipeline expansion over protests
By Don Davis
A Minnesota state commission provided a key approval Wednesday to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline expansion as chants of shame on you rang out in the downtown St. Paul meeting room.
We... Posted on 7/17/13 at 4:07 PM
Crews continued to work Sunday on cleaning up oil spilled in a central Wisconsin field after an Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline carrying crude oil from Superior to Chicago-area refineries ruptured two days earlier.
A federal judge in St. Paul on Monday morning will hear oral arguments in a case by environmental groups opposing federal permits that allowed the Enbridge Energy Alberta Clipper pipeline to be built across northern Minnesota.
On a sunny day last September, U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar stood at a podium in a Carlton County gravel pit and celebrated the start of construction on Enbridge Energy’s latest oil pipeline across Minnesota. Nearly one year later, Oberstar has launched an investigation into Enbridge pipeline safety.
As the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee awaits federal data on Enbridge pipeline spills, the News Tribune has obtained records from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that show dozens of oil spills in northern Minnesota over the past 30 years, dating back to when the company was Duluth-based Lakehead Pipeline.
Enbridge Energy Partners received mostly welcome news Tuesday from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
Commissioners unanimously voted in support of certifying the need for a section of oil pipeline the company plans to build between Clearbrook, Minn., and Superior. The 1,000-mile Alberta Clipper Pipeline would carry crude oil and bitumen extracted from tar-sands deposits and transported to a hub in Hardisty, Alberta.
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