Although we are reducing our consumption, 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.
North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC is proposing to build the Sandpiper Pipeline Project. The Project will transport light crude oil from Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge Station, near Tioga, North Dakota, through Clearbrook, Minnesota, to an existing terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. 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 northern 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, with the expectation that 50 percent of the anticipated 3,000 construction jobs will be filled by Minnesotans and North Dakotans;
- 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 will provide approximately $25 million in additional annual property tax revenues in Minnesota in its first year of operation.
Since 1949, the cornerstone of our business has been the safe and reliable operation of our energy transportation facilities. We maintain the highest safety standards and best practices to protect our employees, residents and natural resources along our pipelines. Protecting people and the environment is our first priority. We design, construct, operate, and maintain our facilities to comply with or exceed applicable laws and regulations.
- The Sandpiper Pipeline will connect the company’s Beaver Lodge Station, south of Tioga, North Dakota, and a new Clearbrook, Minnesota terminal with 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. With the existing Line 81 terminating in Clearbrook, Sandpiper will carry additional volumes to Superior, Wisconsin, 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 infrastructure already in operation.
- 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 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 U.S. and eastern Canadian refineries.
- Ninety-four percent of private landowners along the Sandpiper route have granted Enbridge easements for the Project, and a growing number of local elected officials, economic groups and farm bureaus have passed resolutions or signed letters supporting the Sandpiper Pipeline Project.