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Continued: Enbridge takes step toward building new oil pipeline across Minnesota

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 24, 2013 - 5:38 PM

“We are going to continue to increase production and we are going to need additional means to move that oil to market,” said Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, which supports the Sandpiper project.

Sandpiper is the most advanced of three proposed eastbound pipelines for Bakken oil. Koch Pipeline Co., which co-owns and operates pipelines in Minnesota, is considering a project to carry North Dakota crude oil through Minnesota to Illinois.

Even after the Sandpiper line is built, Kringstad said, railroads will play an important role in moving Bakken crude oil, especially to West Coast refineries.

“There likely won’t be any westbound pipelines out of this region,” Kringstad added.

 

David Shaffer • 612-673-7090

Twitter: @ShafferStrib

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