‘Critical’ Need For Minnesota Oil Pipeline

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 29 (UPI) — Increased oil production from North Dakota means a pipeline through Minnesota is “critical” for the industry, a North Dakota pipeline official said.

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge filed an application in Minnesota for its 610-mile Sandpiper pipeline. The pipeline could carry more than 200,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken reserve area in North Dakota to an Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wis.

Director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority Justin Kringstad told Minnesota Public Radio the pipeline was needed to keep up with Bakken oil production.

“We expect production to continue to grow for the next number of years, and having systems like Sandpiper to continue to meet that future growth is critical,” he said Monday.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates parts of North Dakota may contain as much as 7.4 billion barrels of oil. State authorities say monthly production levels are setting routine records.

Minnesota officials will take a year to review public concerns about the pipeline. North Dakota earlier this month experienced its first major oil spill from a pipeline. A 2010 oil spill from an Enbridge pipeline in Michigan was one of the worst onshore incidents of its kind in U.S. history.

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