$2.6 Billion Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project Faces Another Obstacle

The two state agencies in Minnesota, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday that they can't take final action on the permits for Enbridge Energy's Line 3 replacement project, until problems with its environmental review are resolved.

The agencies said they will continue reviewing the applications, but won’t release the draft permits as scheduled on July 1st. The current Line 3, which was built in the 1960s is increasingly subject to corrosion and cracking, and runs at only about half of its original capacity for safety reasons.

The replacement pipeline would carry Canadian crude from Alberta across northern Minnesota to Enbridge's terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, which sits near the westernmost tip of Lake Superior. Earlier this month, Minnesota State Court of Appeals ruled that the project's environmental impact statement failed to address the possibility of a spill into the Lake Superior watershed.

"We believe the actions required to address the spill modeling in the Lake Superior watershed can be completed efficiently," Enbridge said.

According to the environmental and tribal groups, the project poses a risk of oil spills in pristine areas of the Mississippi River headwaters region where Native Americans gather wild rice, and that the Canadian tar sands oil that the line would carry accelerates climate change.

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pgjonline

$2.5 Billion Crude Oil Export Terminal and 700-Mile Pipeline Project Planned in Louisiana

Kansas-based Tallgrass Energy said that it and Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners are building a crude oil export terminal on the Mississippi River and a 700-mile pipeline project. The new plans will be a $2.5 billion investment and create 35 permanent jobs.

The project will be built in Plaquemines Parish.

The Advocate reports the project is designed as a public-private partnership, with the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal district providing multiple deepwater docks along the Mississippi River.

The project could be fully operational by mid-2020 and will be permitted for up to 20 million barrels of crude oil storage, according to Louisiana economic development officials.

Tallgrass says it has plans to build an offshore pipeline extension that will give the terminal the capability to load very large crude carriers.

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Houston Chronicle