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Notice of Public Comment Period and Public Meetings for Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement EIS Scoping

4/7/2016 2:29:30 PM

 As part of the process, the PUC 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 each of the projects.

Scoping is the first step in the development of an EIS. The scoping process identifies the alternatives, issues, and analyses to be included in the EIS. The EIS will be used by the PUC in deciding whether to issue a certificate of need and a route permit for the projects.  Commerce has published the Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) for each of the projects, referred to as the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects.

NDPC proposes to construct and operate the Sandpiper Pipeline Project, a new 616-mile oil pipeline extending from Beaver Lodge Station, south of Tioga, North Dakota to a new terminal facility at Clearbrook, Minnesota, and then on to an Enbridge affiliate’s terminal and tank farm in Superior, Wisconsin. The proposed project includes approximately 303 miles of new pipeline and associated facilities in Minnesota. The proposed project is located in Polk, Red Lake, Clearwater, Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, and Carlton counties.

Enbridge proposes the Line 3 Replacement Project in order to address safety and integrity issues associated with the existing Line 3 pipeline. Construction of the replacement would consist of a new pipeline and associated facilities in place of Enbridge’s existing Line 3 pipeline, which currently transports crude oil from the Joliette Valve in Pembina County, North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minnesota, and then on to an existing terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The Line 3 Replacement Project would follow the same route proposed for the Sandpiper Pipeline from Clearbrook to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The Line 3 route is approximately 363 miles long, 337 of which are in Minnesota. The proposed project is located in Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Clearwater, Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, and Carlton counties.

The documents can be viewed on the Commerce Department websites: 

Sandpiper Project Docket

Line 3 Project Docket

The documents will also be available at the following locations in communities crossed by the proposed pipelines:

  • Township Clerk
  • City Clerk
  • County Auditor or Administrator
  • Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
  • Bemidji Public Library, 509 American Avenue NW, Bemidji
  • Crookston Public Library, 110 North Ash Street, Crookston
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 W Superior Street, Duluth
  • Kitchigami Regional Library, 212 Park Ave., PO Box 14, Pine River
  • East Central Regional Library, 244 So. Birch Street, Cambridge
  • Great River Regional Library, 1300 West St. Germain, St. Cloud

Twelve (12) public meetings are planned as part of the scoping process; meeting information is provided below. These public meetings will provide an opportunity for people to learn about the proposed projects, ask questions, and provide input. Staff from the Department of Commerce, PUC, and Enbridge/NDPC (permit applicants) will be available to answer questions. A court reporter will be available to take verbal comments, and comment cards will be available for people who wish to provide written comments for the public record. 

Date Time Location
Monday, April 25, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tobies Restaurant and Bakery
404 Fire Monument Road
Hinckley, MN 55037
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Falls Ballroom
15870 Minnesota 27
Little Falls, MN 56345
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Crookston Inn & Convention Center
2200 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Ralph Engelstad Arena
525 Brooks Ave North
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Monday, May 2, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #31
Bemidji, MN 56601
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 10:00 am –1:00 pm American Legion
900 East 1St Street
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Park Rapids Century School
501 Helten Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Thursday, May 5, 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Black Bear Casino Resort
1785 MN-210
Carlton, MN 55718
Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Black Bear Casino Resort
1785 MN-210
Carlton, MN 55718
Monday, May 9, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Rice Lake Community Center
13830 Community Loop
Bagley, MN 56621
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm East Lake Community Center
36666 State Highway 65
McGregor, MN 56718

Written comments on the Scoping EAW and DSDD will be accepted through Thursday, May 26, 2016 and may be sent to Jamie MacAlister, Minnesota Department of Commerce, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul MN  55101 or Comments can also be submitted via the project’s comment website:

This document can be made available in alternative formats (e.g., large print or audio) by calling 651-296-0406 (voice). Persons with hearing or speech disabilities may call us through their preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.

If any reasonable accommodation is needed to enable you to fully participate in these meetings (e.g., sign language, foreign language interpreter, large print materials), please contact the Commission at 651-296-0406 or 1-800-657-3782 at least one week in advance of the meeting.



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