Friday, August 19, 2016

August 2016 email from Arthur Howe

Breaking News on Sandpiper Pipeline

Recently there's been breaking news about the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline.  The headline in the August 6th Park Rapids Enterprise newspaper reads, "Sandpiper pipeline future unclear as Enbridge buys into Dakota Access."
Pipeline Stockpile - photo from DL Online

This is the link to the original source of the article:

Dakota Access LLC is the company currently building the new oil pipeline to run in a straight line southeast from the North Dakota Bakken oil fields to Patoka in southern Illinois, as described here: Bakken_pipeline

This pipeline is similar in size to the proposed Sandpiper, but avoids the dog-legged route of Sandpiper and will also link into an existing pipeline to the Gulf Coast.  Its operation is expected to circumvent the need for Sandpiper.  "If (the Sandpiper) project does not move forward, it is a victory for clean water in Minnesota" said Richard Smith, president of Friends of the Headwaters.

This has, however, not altered the plans for the Line 3 replacement to carry Canadian Tar Sand crude oil through Minnesota close to Long Lake.

The status of line 3 is described well in the article in the Northwoods Press of August 3rd.  Scroll down to find the Enbridge article.  Information on the opportunity to make comments to the Department of Justice is found in the last paragraph.  Northwoods Press PDF Article on Enbridge

The comment period for the Department of Justice case concerning Line 3 is open until August 24th.  Go to and follow the instructions in the Northwoods Press article to make a comment.

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