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Environmentalists Oppose Latest Enbridge Pipeline Proposal

Updated: 03/05/2014 12:10 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 12:08 PM WDIO.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Environmentalists say they'll fight Enbridge Inc.'s plan to replace and sharply boost the capacity of a crude oil pipeline from Canada to Superior, saying the project will exacerbate climate change by carrying Alberta oil to U.S refineries.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge announced the $7 billion plan this week, calling it the best way to maintain the line's reliability.

Enbridge's existing Line 3 is a 1,031 mile, 34-inch pipeline that went into service in 1968. It clips the northeast corner of North Dakota then travels across northern Minnesota to Superior.  Enbridge says the proposed replacement would boost capacity from 410,000 barrels per day to 760,000.

Doug Hayes, a staff attorney with the Sierra Club, says the project will meet the same opposition as other proposed tar sands pipeline projects.

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