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Published February 06, 2014, 05:39 PM

Enbridge Energy holds meeting to discuss proposed Sandpiper Pipeline

Safety concerns and questions are brewing about a proposed pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Enbridge Energy held a meeting at the Alerus Center Thursday to discuss building the $2.6 billion Sandpiper Pipeline.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Safety concerns and questions are brewing about a proposed pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Enbridge Energy held a meeting at the Alerus Center Thursday to discuss building the $2.6 billion Sandpiper Pipeline.

Enbridge Energy is heading the project. Officials say there's a shortage of pipeline capacity out of the North Dakota area right now so the project is intended to address that concern

The Sandpiper Pipeline would start in Beaver Lodge, come through Minot, Grand Forks, Clearbrook Minnesota, then end in Superior Wisconsin.

Officials say they plan to deviate around Devils Lake.

Mark Curwin of Enbridge Energy said, "Well there's a large water body there and it makes sense frankly as your route pipelines to try and stay away from population centers as well as significant natural resources."

Enbridge Energy is responsible for one of the most costly pipeline accidents in US history. In 2010, a ruptured pipeline in Marshall Michigan dumped more than 1.1 million gallons of heavy crude into a creek that feeds into the Kalamazoo River.

Public Hearings for the Sandpiper pipeline are set for February 19 in Grand Forks and Feb. 20 in Devils Lake.

If approved, construction would start in December 2014. Officials say they hope the pipeline would be in service by 2016.

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