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Group asks regulators to check Enbridge's pipeline capacity

Group asks regulators to check Enbridge's pipeline capacity

Associated Press and WDIO-TV
Updated: October 29, 2020 06:10 PM

An environmental group is asking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to investigate Enbridge’s additions to its existing oil pipeline capacity which could make the company’s controversial new $2.6 billion pipeline unnecessary.

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A filing by the Indigenous organization Honor the Earth says Enbridge has been able to import an additional 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil through expansions of several pipelines and more efficient use of the overall system. However, it says Enbridge made no mention of its capacity additions during hearings for the replacement of the aging Line 3, which runs from Alberta to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior.

"Throughout the Line 3 hearing process, Honor the Earth consistently argued that Enbridge could transport more oil than the proposed new Line 3 Pipeline by simply using its existing pipelines more efficiently, thereby making a new Line 3 Pipeline unnecessary. Now, Enbridge’s own data and statements prove that Honor the Earth’s arguments were correct," Honor the Earth said in a news release.

Enbridge released a statement saying it is reviewing the petition and complaint. The company says it has been transparent throughout the review proess.

"The permit for the Superior Terminal reflects current and future crude oil volumes through the terminal; including increased volumes from a replaced Line 3.  It should be noted those volumes fluctuate based on our customers’ needs," the compay said.

Enbridge said the proposed Line 3 replacement is a safety and maintenance-focused project that would replace an aging pipeline with a one using thicker steel and advanced coatings.

Tuesday’s PUC filing is the latest salvo in a six-year battle over the new pipeline.

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