The Sandpiper Pipeline will travel eastward from Beaver Lodge, following Enbridge’s existing pipeline system. It will pass north of Minot, cross into Minnesota south of Grand Forks and extend southeast to Clearbrook. From the Clearbrook West terminal, Sandpiper will follow an existing pipeline right-of-way southward toward Park Rapids. From there, the pipeline will travel eastward to Superior, following existing electric transmission lines or other infrastructure for much of the route. In total, more than 75 percent of the Sandpiper route follows pipelines and powerlines already in operation.
MN Administrative Rule 7852.1900 Criteria for pipeline route selection:
In selecting a route for designation and issuance of a pipeline routing permit, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission shall consider the impact on the pipeline of the following:
- human settlement, existence and density of populated areas, existing and planned future land use, and management plans;
- the natural environment, public and designated lands, including but not limited to natural areas, wildlife habitat, water, and recreational lands;
- lands of historical, archaeological, and cultural significance;
- economies within the route, including agricultural, commercial or industrial, forestry, recreational, and mining operations;
- pipeline cost and accessibility;
- use of existing rights-of-way and right-of-way sharing or paralleling;
- natural resources and features;
- the extent to which human or environmental effects are subject to mitigation by regulatory control and by application of the permit conditions contained in part 7852.3400 for pipeline right-of-way preparation, construction, cleanup, and restoration practices;
- cumulative potential effects of related or anticipated future pipeline construction; and
- the relevant applicable policies, rules, and regulations of other state and federal agencies, and local government land use laws including ordinances adopted under Minnesota Statutes, section 299J.05, relating to the location, design, construction, or operation of the proposed pipeline and associated facilities.
This map is a rough depiction of the Sandpiper Pipeline route in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
State North Dakota Notice Maps (PDF)
Sandpiper County Maps – North Dakota (PDF files)
Sandpiper County Maps – Minnesota (PDF files)
Sandpiper MPUC Public Hearing Notice Overview Map -- January 2015 (PDF)
Sandpiper MPUC Public Hearing Notice Maps (123 maps of the August 2014 Preferred Route) -- January 2015 (PDF)
Sandpiper MPUC Information Meeting Notice Overview Map -- February 2014 (PDF)
Sandpiper MPUC Information Meeting Notice Maps (123 maps of the route west to east) -- February 2014 (PDF)
Note: Additional detailed maps of the preliminary route in Minnesota can be viewed on the Sandpiper regulatory page.