Minnesota officials to consider changes to Enbridge pipeline due to environmental concerns


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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota regulators will consider changes to sections of a proposed oil pipeline route in response to public concern about environmental risks.

The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1n05WVI ) state officials recommended studying 53 possible adjustments to the route planned by Enbridge Inc. The state Commerce Department says it doesn't plan to study a complete reroute.

The proposed Sandpiper pipeline would carry North Dakota crude oil across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has recommended a more southern route to avoid lakes and wetlands. Officials tell the Star Tribune they're studying Commerce Department recommendations and have no comment on the possible adjustments.

Environmentalists say the pipeline will exacerbate climate change by carrying more tar sands oil to U.S. refineries.

The final decision on the route is expected next year.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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