Community Members Comment on Crude Oil Pipeline Projects

Comments Accepted Until May 26th

Tribal leaders, environmental groups and community members voiced their opinions and concerns on the Sandpiper and Line 3 Pipeline projects, at a public meeting held by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. 

The sandpiper pipeline proposed by North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC, is a 616 mile crude oil pipeline from Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge station near Tioga, North Dakota, to Enbridge’s Superior Terminal by Superior, Wisconsin.

Enbridge wants the line to run alongside the Line 3 pipeline, originally installed in the 1960’s. Enbridge is looking to replace Line 3 from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Superior.

State Agencies and those involved with the pipelines listened to the environmentalists and tribal representatives as they voiced their concerns at a public meeting.

Tribal representatives cited how the pipeline could impact their lives and livelihood, especially if the lines were to fail, and called for efforts to move forward with more renewable energy sources.

“I’m only insuring that my future grandchildren and my grandchildren after them are going to be able to have fresh things, fresh food, fresh water to be able to drink, and to be able to have a healthy life,” said Tania Aubid, a Tribal Member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

But representatives of Enbridge say the company maintains the highest safety standards, and until they can provide more alternatives to petroleum based products, crude oil has to be transported.

“We have a number of measures in place to make sure that from construction and planning the pipeline to afterwards to monitor to maintaining it, we’re always doing our best to be good stewards of the environment,” said Shannon Gustafson the Media Relations Manager of Enbridge.

Input and Comments will be accepted through Thursday May 26th, by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. 

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