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Published February 19, 2014, 07:59 PM

North Dakota Public Service Commission begins series of hearings on proposed pipeline

Wednesday was the first of three public hearings for a proposed pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin. North Dakota's Public Service Commission held the first hearing at UND in Grand Forks Wednesday.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Wednesday was the first of three public hearings for a proposed pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin. North Dakota's Public Service Commission held the first hearing at UND in Grand Forks Wednesday.

The Proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline would cost about $2.6 billion to build. The 612-mile pipeline would run from the North Dakota oil patch to Northeastern Minnesota and Superior Wisconsin.

Before such a structure is built, the North Dakota Public service commission must first approve the project. Wednesday they held the first of a series of hearings which included testimony from Enbridge Company Officials and concerned public citizens. Those concerns ranged from disturbing historic prairie lands, to the possibility of oil spills near drinking water sources.

The other public meetings are slated for Thursday in Devils Lake at Lake Region State College in the Robert Fawcett Auditorium starting at 8:30 am, and there will be a third meeting in Devils Lake on February 27.

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