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Local pipeline hearings set for Wednesday, Aug. 26

Two public meetings on the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline are set for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Carlton County Transportation building, 1630 County Road 61.

The 1,031-mile Pipeline No. 3 would replace the company’s 1968-vintage Line No. 3, and would bring more Canadian tar sands crude oil into the U.S. The company hopes to have the $7.5 billion project underway in 2016 and completed by 2017.

Late last year, Enbridge revealed a preferred route for the new Line No. 3 that would follow the existing route from North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minn., and then — instead of following the old Line 3 along the historic Enbridge corridor paralleling U.S. Highway 2 — the new line would dip south along Hubbard County and then across Cass, Aitkin and Carlton counties, before meeting up with the old line near Wrenshall on its way into the company’s giant Superior terminal.

The new route is similar to the company’s proposed all-new Sandpiper line, which has raised concerns for its many water crossings.

The Line No. 3 replacement is the company’s third major project in the region. It comes in addition to the proposed new Sandpiper line from North Dakota across northern Minnesota and the nearly doubling of capacity of the company’s Alberta Clipper Line that runs from Alberta to Superior.

The new, 36-inch line would allow the full 750,000-barrel capacity, for an increase of 340,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude entering the U.S., or about 14.3 million additional gallons per day.

The Aug. 26 meeting is one of 14 public hearings being held around the state on the proposed pipeline replacement/rerouting/expansion.

 
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