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Associated Press, Published November 09 2013

Enbridge files plan for pipeline across N. Minn.

ST. PAUL – Enbridge Energy has filed detailed plans with Minnesota regulators for a proposed

$2.6 billion pipeline to carry crude oil from North Dakota across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin.

The Sandpiper pipeline would extend 299 miles from the Bakken oilfields to an Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wis. The Minnesota portion would cost $1.2 billion and create 1,500 temporary pipeline jobs.

Enbridge’s filing with the Public Utilities Commission on Friday outlines a tight construction schedule starting in the fourth quarter of 2014 and ending in early 2016.

The company’s preferred route follows an existing pipeline to Clearbook in northern Minnesota, then cuts south, avoiding Bemidji and Grand Rapids.