Energy company asks Wisconsin to approve pipeline

File photo.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) – In a story Aug. 6 about a proposed oil pipeline in Wisconsin, The Associated Press reported erroneously how much oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River from a ruptured Enbridge Energy Co. pipeline in 2010. Nearly 850,000 gallons spilled, not nearly 850,000 barrels.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Energy company asks Wisconsin to approve pipeline

Enbridge Energy Co. asks Wisconsin officials to approve 14-mile pipeline

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 14-mile section of a multistate oil pipeline could be built in northern Wisconsin.

Enbridge Energy Co., an energy delivery company, has asked state officials to approve the final piece of its 610-mile project, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The company said the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline stretching from North Dakota to northwestern Wisconsin will give Midwest refiners greater access to domestic oil. The 30-inch underground pipeline, which Enbridge wants to begin construction on in 2016, is expected to transport 375,000 barrels of crude each day.

North Dakota officials have already approved their state’s section of the pipeline, while officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin are still reviewing the proposal. County boards in Dane, Jefferson and Wood counties have voted in opposition to the project, or have asked the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a full environmental analysis.

Enbridge’s preferred route would affect nearly 120 acres of wetlands in a region that’s vital for migrating birds and animals around the western tip of Lake Superior.

Several groups have expressed concern about Enbridge’s track record, which includes spills in Michigan and Wisconsin. A ruptured Enbridge line spilled nearly 850,000 gallons of oil in the Kalamazoo River in 2010. Two years later, 1,200 barrels spilled near Grand Marsh in Adams County.

Jeffrey Wise, assistant administrator for pipeline safety at the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, said the pipeline was “hazardous to life, property and the environment” because of Enbridge’s failure to take corrective measures to ensure safety.

An Enbridge spokeswoman said the company has spent $4 billion to improve prevention, detection, emergency response and new technologies within the past two years.

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on Aug. 25 to discuss potential environmental consequences of the pipeline. A second hearing will be held after the department conducts an analysis.

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