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Reader's view: Enbridge has worked with landowners for decades

An Oct. 13 letter in the News Tribune contained examples of landowner interactions with Enbridge that are not representative of the vast majority of positive relationships established with landowners and communities along more than 4,000 miles of...

An Oct. 13 letter in the News Tribune contained examples of landowner interactions with Enbridge that are not representative of the vast majority of positive relationships established with landowners and communities along more than 4,000 miles of our pipeline right-of-way (Reader's view: "Land owners must unite to deal with Enbridge").

Enbridge has been working with landowners along our pipeline system for more than 60 years. From construction to operations to maintenance, we understand the need for communicating with and the importance of listening to landowners and public officials who represent the broader communities near our pipeline.

Enbridge's Sandpiper Pipeline is a new crude petroleum pipeline crossing three states: North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sandpiper will transport approximately 375,000 barrels per day of light crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to Superior. This benefits all of us by increasing the United States' access to growing supplies of secure North American crude oil, supporting energy independence, and reducing our reliance on crude oil from countries that are often unstable and less-reliable sources.

Developing Sandpiper means Enbridge must conduct various field surveys and site evaluations along the proposed construction corridor. We're pleased that more than 2,400 landowners -- more than 95 percent across three states -- chose to grant survey permission. Each landowner receives advance notice prior to our survey crews accessing their land. Accurate and current route information on the proposed pipeline route is necessary for regulatory permitting processes and to identify appropriate construction and restoration techniques.

Enbridge is committed to working cooperatively with landowners and the communities in which we operate. Maintaining positive, long-term relationships with landowners and nearby residents is vital to our operations. We will continue to do that with all stakeholders as the Sandpiper Pipeline project proceeds.

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Lorraine Little

Duluth

The writer is senior manager of U.S. Public Affairs at Enbridge, which prepared this letter.

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