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Gov. Walker Touts Enbridge Expansion Plans in First Superior Facility Tour

Updated: 03/06/2014 4:07 PM
Created: 03/06/2014 3:56 PM WDIO.com

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is touting plans by Enbridge Inc. to increase its crude oil pipeline capacity.

Walker toured Enbridge's facilities in Superior for the first time Thursday. He says he's impressed by safety precautions at the Superior facilities, where Enbridge can store nearly 14 million barrels of oil in 64 tanks.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge is planning to build or expand three crude oil pipelines from North Dakota and Canada to Superior.

Walker called the planned expansion a "tremendous opportunity." Walker says the pipeline projects are "the right fit" and would help provide for energy independence in North America.

Environmentalists are fighting Enbridge's plans, saying they will contribute to climate change by carrying more of Alberta's tar sands oil to U.S. refineries.

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