Sandpiper Pipeline Project

Enbridge filed a petition to withdraw its Sandpiper Pipeline Project applications before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on September 2, 2016. Due to market changes and our customer’s near-term need to access and transport Bakken crude oil, we have decided to re-evaluate Sandpiper and delay it until market conditions support the need for additional pipeline infrastructure.

The proposed Sandpiper Pipeline Project involves construction of a 616-mile (991-km) crude oil pipeline from Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge Station, near Tioga, ND, to Enbridge’s Superior Terminal, near Superior, WI, along with associated pumping facilities. Sandpiper would measure 24 inches in diameter from Tioga to Enbridge’s Clearbrook Terminal, near Clearbrook, MN, and 30 inches in diameter from Clearbrook to Superior.

North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC is a joint venture between Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Williston Basin Pipe Line LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC assets, formerly known as Enbridge Pipelines (North Dakota) LLC, are operated by Enbridge.

Project Background

  • The Sandpiper Pipeline will connect the company’s Beaver Lodge Station, south of Tioga, North Dakota, to a terminal in Clearbrook, Minnesota through construction of a new 24-inch diameter pipeline. A 30-inch diameter pipeline will connect Clearbrook to the company’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. In total, the Project will be approximately 616 miles long.
  • Enbridge’s existing Line 81 (a 283-mile pipeline carrying light Bakken crude from Minot, North Dakota since 1962) terminates in Clearbrook, Minnesota; Sandpiper will carry those additionalaliitional Line 81 volumes to Superior, Wisconsin, from Clearbrook, hence the need for increased pipe diameter.
  • The Project is a nearly $2.6 billion privately funded investment in new energy infrastructure. By comparison, the new Minnesota Vikings’ stadium will cost approximately $1.2 billion.
  • Generally, the new pipeline will follow Enbridge’s existing pipelines and/or other infrastructure right-of-way. In Minnesota, more than 75 percent of the route will follow pipelines and other existing energy infrastructure.
  • Enbridge will also install a new pump station and tanks for Sandpiper in Clearbrook, Minnesota.
  • Sandpiper will be a long-term, reliable transportation link from North Dakota to a variety of North American markets. It will transport Bakken crude to Enbridge terminals in Clearbrook and Superior. From these terminals, the crude oil can be shipped through Enbridge pipelines and other third-party pipelines to Midwestern and eastern Canadian refineries and beyond.
  • Ninety-five percent of private landowners along the Sandpiper route have granted Enbridge easements for the Project, and a growing number of local governments, elected officials, economic groups and farm bureaus have passed resolutions or signed letters supporting the Sandpiper Pipeline Project.

The U.S. remains the largest consumer of oil products in the world. As consumers, we depend on safe, reliable energy delivery, as does our nation’s economy. Every day, pipelines deliver the products we need to fuel our lives.

If approved, the Sandpiper Pipeline will:

  • Deliver Bakken light crude oil to North American refineries in the Midwest and along the East Coast;
  • Increase our nation's energy independence by offsetting imports from countries that are unstable or unfriendly to U.S. interests;
  • Alleviate rail congestion across Minnesota (largely due to the growing number of trains carrying oil from the Bakken region), which has cost our agricultural community $100 million in 2014 alone;
  • Provide local job opportunities during construction in Minnesota and North Dakota through the anticipated 3,000 construction jobs created by the Project;
  • Increase revenue at local hospitality and other businesses providing equipment, supplies and materials; and
  • Increase property tax revenue in each county the Project crosses.In 2011, Enbridge paid $34 million in Minnesota property taxes. Sandpiper is estimated to provide approximately $25 million in additional annual property tax revenues in Minnesota in its first year of operation.


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Project overview:

  • Type: Crude oil pipeline
  • Status: Proposed
  • Length: 616 miles (991 km)
  • Expected initial capacity: 250,000 barrels per day between Tioga and Berthold, ND; 225,000 bpd between Berthold and Clearbrook; 375,000 bpd between Clearbrook and Superior
  • Estimated to transport: Light Bakken crude
  • In-service date: Early 2019, pending receipt of regulatory approval
  • Estimated capital cost: $2.6 billion
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Community Outreach

Communication with local stakeholders during the planning, permitting and construction of the Sandpiper Pipeline Project is vitally important. For this reason, we regularly reach out to landowners, elected and public officials at all levels of government, and emergency responders, among others. Our outreach activities include one-on-one meetings, newsletters and mailings, and other in-person meetings along the Sandpiper route.

Some of our public meetings and events include:

  • Since 2013, Enbridge has held more than 700 meetings with elected officials (county, city, township), media, business, agriculture, civic and other groups. We value the opportunity to discuss the project with each group and better understand local issues
  • In August 2013, the Sandpiper Project team hosted eight open houses in Minot, Stanley and Devil’s Lake, North Dakota; East Grand Forks, Clearbrook, Park Rapids and McGregor, Minnesota; and in Superior, Wisconsin.
  • The North Dakota Public Service Commission conducted public hearings on Sandpiper in February 2014, and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission held Route Permit scoping meetings along the proposed route in March 2014.
  • The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission held public hearings on the Certificate of Need January 5-12, 2015, in St. Paul, Duluth, Bemidji, St. Cloud, and Crookston, Minnesota.
  • The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) held twelve public meetings regarding the scoping process for the Environmental Impact Statement for Sandpiper and the Line 3 Replacement April 25 – May 11 2016. Meetings were held in Hinckley, Little Falls, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Carlton, Saint Paul, Bagley and McGregor.

The Sandpiper Project team encourages those with questions or comments to contact us. We will promptly respond to your inquiry. You may call 1-855-788-7805 toll-free or email us at For addtional information regarding our projects in Minnesota, visit