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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

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Project Docket

Docket No PL6668/PPL-13-474
Project name Sandpiper Pipeline Project / North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC (NDPC)
Applicant Enbridge Energy
Description North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC (NDPC) is proposing to develop a new crude oil pipeline and associated facilities known as the Sandpiper Project to increase crude oil transportation services from North Dakota to refineries in the the U.S. Midwest and eastern Canada. The Sandpiper Project route would extend from NDPC's Beaver Lodge Station south of Tioga, North Dakota, to the Superior Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.
Subjects Environmental policy; Pipelines
Location Aitkin County; Carlton County; Cass County; Clearwater County; Crow Wing County; Hubbard County; Polk County; Red Lake County; Wadena County
Docket created: October 31, 2013
Contacts: Jamie MacAlister, (651) 539-1775, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
02-11-2014
Application accepted
 
04-25-2016
Public meeting
 
Scoping decision
 
Draft EIS available
 
Final EIS available
 
Public hearing
 
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 13-474
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

The North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC (NDPC) is proposing to construct and operate a new 616-mile oil pipeline that would extend from Beaver Lodge Station, south of Tioga, North Dakota through a new terminal at Clearbrook, Minnesota and then on to an Enbridge affiliate’s terminal and tank farm in Superior, Wisconsin. The proposed project, called the Sandpiper Pipeline project (or Sandpiper), includes about 303 miles of new pipeline in Minnesota. NDPC is proposing to install 24-inch diameter pipeline from the North Dakota border to Clearbrook, and 30-inch diameter pipeline from Clearbrook to the Wisconsin border. The project also includes construction of a new oil terminal at Clearbrook and upgrades to the existing Pine River facility.The proposed project is located in Polk, Red Lake, Clearwater, Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, and Carlton counties.

NDPC's proposed project requires two approvals from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) before it may be constructed - a certificate of need (CN) and a route permit. As part of the process, the Commission has asked the Minnesota Department of Commerce (Commerce), in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project.

Additional information on the CN process can be found on the eDockets website: CN-13-473

 

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
04/25/16 Meeting Materials for Public Scoping Meetings
Includes handouts, posters, maps, and other materials that will be presented at the public meetings for EIS scoping being held from April 25 to May 11, 2016
06/06/16 Written and Oral Comments on the Scoping EAW and Draft Scoping Document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects.
Written and oral comments on the scoping EAW and draft scoping decision document. Includes governmental comments, citizen comments, and applicant comments.
04/11/16 Sandpiper Pipeline Project Scoping EAW
The Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project describes the applicant’s proposed project in detail and summarizes significant environmental impacts of the proposed project. All projects requiring an EIS must have an EAW filed with the project’s responsible governmental unit (RGU)
04/11/16 Sandpiper Pipeline Project Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project. The purpose of this document is to identify impacts of the proposed project, alternatives to the proposed project, and impacts of any alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. In addition to identifying impacts and alternatives, this document also provides a proposed outline for the EIS and a tentative schedule for the environmental review process. This DSDD is a companion document to the Scoping EAW
04/11/16 Notice of Availability of Scoping EAW and Draft Scope for Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects and Schedule for EIS Scoping Meetings | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the scoping environmental assessment worksheet and the draft scoping decision document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects. Public information and scoping meetings will be held April 25 through May 11, 2016 in multiple Minnesota communities. Public comments on the scope of the environmental impact statements that will be prepared for the projects will be accepted through May 26, 2016
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
06/06/16 Written and Oral Comments on the Scoping EAW and Draft Scoping Document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects.
Written and oral comments on the scoping EAW and draft scoping decision document. Includes governmental comments, citizen comments, and applicant comments.
04/25/16 Meeting Materials for Public Scoping Meetings
Includes handouts, posters, maps, and other materials that will be presented at the public meetings for EIS scoping being held from April 25 to May 11, 2016
04/11/16 Sandpiper Pipeline Project Scoping EAW
The Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project describes the applicant’s proposed project in detail and summarizes significant environmental impacts of the proposed project. All projects requiring an EIS must have an EAW filed with the project’s responsible governmental unit (RGU)
04/11/16 Sandpiper Pipeline Project Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project. The purpose of this document is to identify impacts of the proposed project, alternatives to the proposed project, and impacts of any alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. In addition to identifying impacts and alternatives, this document also provides a proposed outline for the EIS and a tentative schedule for the environmental review process. This DSDD is a companion document to the Scoping EAW
04/11/16 Notice of Availability of Scoping EAW and Draft Scope for Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects and Schedule for EIS Scoping Meetings | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the scoping environmental assessment worksheet and the draft scoping decision document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects. Public information and scoping meetings will be held April 25 through May 11, 2016 in multiple Minnesota communities. Public comments on the scope of the environmental impact statements that will be prepared for the projects will be accepted through May 26, 2016
01/11/16 Commission Order Joining Need and Routing Dockets | document details
Order from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission authorizing the Department of Commerce to prepare a combined environmental impact statement (EIS) for North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC's Sandpiper pipeline certificate of need and route permit applications. The order authorizes the Department to administer the EIS process in consultation with the Commission’s Executive Secretary and to enter into an agreement with the Department of Natural Resources and Pollution Control Agency to ensure the EIS fulfills the requirements of MEPA. The order also refers the certificate of need and route permit matters back to the administrative law judge for joint contested case proceedings
08/03/15 Commission Order Recommencing Sandpiper Routing Process | document details
Order from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission authorizing recommencement of route permit proceedings for the Sandpiper pipeline project and providing direction for the scope of the comparative environmental analysis
12/18/14 Sandpiper Pipeline: Comparison of Environmental Effects of Reasonable Alternatives
This document is intended to provide environmental analysis of the project and six system alternatives. It is intended for the use of any party who chooses to advocate for or against consideration of a system alternative in the certificate of need docket
10/19/14 Sandpiper Environmental Overview of System Alternatives
Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) is preparing an environmental analysis of six system alternatives, as well as NDPC’s proposed corridor and other alternatives included in its Certificate of Need (CN) application, for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project certificate of need docket (13-473)
10/07/14 Order Separating Certificate of Need and Route Permit Proceedings and Requiring Environmental Review of System Alternatives | document details
In a October 7, 2014, Order, the Commission separated the certificte of need and route permit proceedings, postponed action on the route permit application until a Commission decision has been made on the certifciate of need and authorized environmental review of the six system alternatives to be conducted by the EERA staff
08/25/14 Commisison Order Accepting Sandpiper Alternative Routes for Evidentiary Development | document details
Order from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission accepting 53 route alternatives and system alternative SA-03 as modified and forwarding them to the administrative law judge for consideration at the Sandpiper pipeline route permit contested case hearing
07/24/14 Written comments and proposed routes and route segments received by May 30, 2014
Written comments and proposed routes and route segments received by May 30, 2014, from local units of government, state agencies, organizations and citizens for the proposed Sandpiper Ppipeline Project in Minnesota
07/16/14 Department of Commerce Comments and Recommendations on Proposed System and Route Alternatives for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project
Department of Commerce Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) staff comments and recommendations to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on system and route alternatives to be considered at public hearings and in the comparative environmental analysis for the Sandpiper pipeline project
04/17/14 Notice of Extension of Comment Period to May 30, 2014, on Sandpiper Pipeline Project | document details
The Commission has Extended the Comment Period for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project Comparative Environmental Analysis topics to May 30, 2014. Topics open for comment are 1) alternative routes or route segments that should be considered, 2) human and environmental impacts that should be studied and 3) specific methods to address impacts that should be studied. Comments on these topics should be submitted to Larry Hartman, DOC EERA staff by email at: larry.hartman@state.mn.us; online at: http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/#comment (or click
04/17/14 Notice of Comment Period on Motion to Separate Certificate of Need and Route Permit Proceedings | document details
On April 14, 2014, the Commission issued a Notice of Comment Period on a Motion to Separate Certficate of Need and Route Permit Proceedings. The Commission is accepting initial comments through Monday, April 28, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., and reply comments through Monday, May 5, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. Comments may be emailed to: PublicComments.PUC@state.mn.us or sent by U.S. mail to: Burl Haar, Executive Secretarty, Minnesota Public Utilities Commisison, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101-2147
04/17/14 Notice of Denial of Request for Additional Public Information Meetings | document details
The Commission on April 14, 2014, issued a Notice of Denial of Request for Additional Public Information Meetings on the application of North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC for a Pipeline Routing Permit for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project in Minnesota
04/11/14 Written Comments and Proposed Alternative Routes and Route Segments Received by April 4th, 2014 for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project
Written comments and proposed alternative routes and route segments received by April 4th, 2014 including tribes, state agencies, local units of government, organizations and businesses and citizens
04/04/14 Oral and Written Comments Received at the Sandpiper Pipeline Project Public Information Meetings
Oral and Written Comments Received at the Public Information Meetings held March 3rd-4th, 2014 and March 12th and 13th, 2013, in the Cities of Crookston, McIntosh, Clearbrook, Park Rapids, Pine River, McGregor and Carlton
02/15/14 Updated Route Permit Application for Sandpiper Pipeline Project/ North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC (NDPC)
The Complete Updated Sandpiper Pipeline Project Application including revised and original documents is included. NDPC submitted their Application on November 8th, 2013. On January 31st, 2014 NDPC resubmitted revised portions of the application
02/11/14 Order Accepting Route Permit Application of North Dakota Pipeline Company for Sandpiper Pipeline Project | document details
On February 11, 2014, a Commission order accepted the application of NDPC for a pipeline routing permit as substantially complete allowing for implementation of the requirementrs in Minnesota Rules, Chapter 7852
01/31/14 Sandpiper Pipeline Project: Notice of Application Acceptance and Public Information Meetings | document details
The Department of Commerce will conduct public information meetings beginning on March 3rd in Polk County and continuing to Clearwater, Hubbard, Cass, Aitkin and Carlton counties. The permit process is explained in the notice including the comparative environmental analysis and how citizens can submit comments and propose alternative routes or route segments. A map is also provided for the proposed route for the pipeline. Comments will be accepted until April 4, 2014
01/17/14 DOC EERA Supplemental Comments and Recommendations | document details
DOC EERA staff provided clarification concerning environmental review requirements regarding the Sandpiper Pipeline Project in response to the PUC Briefing Papers
01/16/14 Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Briefing Papers on the Sandpiper Pipeline Project | document details
PUC staff provided recommendations as well as briefing papers intended for use by the Commission based on documents listed in the record for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project
12/05/13 Department of Commerce (DOC) Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) Comments and Recommendations | document details
DOC EERA staff provided comments and recommendations to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regarding the completeness of the NDPC Pipeline Route Permit for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project
11/14/13 Route Permit Application for Sandpiper Pipeline Project / Enbridge Pipeline (North Dakota) LLC
North Dakota Pipeline Company is proposing to develop a new 612-mile long crude oil pipeline and associated facilities known as the Sandpiper Project to increase crude oil transportation services from North Dakota to Superior, Wisconsin. NDPC submitted this Application in November, 2013. *A more recent updated application dated January 31, 2014 was posted on Feb. 15, 2014.*

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