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Docket No: PL9/PPL-07-361
Project Name: Alberta Clipper Petroleum and Southern Lights Diluent Pipelines
Description: Enbridge Pipelines L.L.C. proposes to construct 285 miles of 36-inch-diameter underground petroleum pipeline in the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Clearwater, Hubbard, Cass, Itasca, Aitkin, St. Louis and Carlton. The Alberta Clipper Pipeline will terminate at the Enbridge terminal facility in Superior, Wisconsin. The Southern Lights Diluent Project will be co-constructed with the Alberta Clipper Project from Superior, Wisconsin to Clearbrook, Minnesota. The Southern Lights Diluent Project will require construction of 188 miles of new 20-inch-diameter underground pipeline generally on or adjacent to the Enbridge right-of-way
Applicant: Enbridge Energy
Subjects: Environmental policy; Pipelines
Geographic region: Aitkin County; Beltrami County; Carlton County; Cass County; Clearwater County; Hubbard County; Itasca County; Kittson County; Marshall County; Pennington County; Polk County; Red Lake County; St. Louis County
Docket created: June 29, 2007

Contact:
Larry Hartman, 651-539-1839
Deborah Pile, 651-539-1837; Director
Status:
August 1, 2007: Application accepted
November 27, 2007: Public meeting
March 5, 2008: Routes accepted for consideration
March 7, 2008: Environmental document available
March 25, 2008: Public hearing
June 1, 2009: Permit issued
April 1, 2010: Project built
Upcoming: Docket closed
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This project docket comprises two separate pipeline projects.  The Alberta Clipper Project will be constructed from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin; a length of approximately 990 miles.  In the United States, the Alberta Clipper Project will generally be co-located with or adjacent to Enbridge pipeline through North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Minnesota portion of the project would extend from the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Milepost (MP) 801.1 in Kittson County to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border in Carlton County near MP 1084.8, approximately 285.1 miles.  The Alberta Clipper Project will also involve construction of new pumping units within the Enbridge pump stations sites at Viking, Clearbrook and Deer River.

The Southern Lights Diluent Project will be co-constructed with the Alberta Clipper Project from Superior, Wisconsin to Clearbrook, Minnesota.  The Southern Lights Diluent Project will require the construction of approximately 188.6 miles of new 20-inch-diameter underground pipeline generally on or adjacent to Enbridge right-of-way from Enbridge's Superior terminal in Douglas County, Wisconsin  (MP 1098.1) to Enbridge's Clearbrook terminal at Clearwater County, Minnesota (MP 909.5).  The Minnesota portion of the Project would extend from the Minnesota-Wisconsin border near MP 1084.8 in Carlton County to the Clearbrook terminal (approximately 175.4 miles).

The Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects will generally follow the Enbridge right-of-way along the entire route in Minnesota.  The Projects will cross portions of the following counties: Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Clearwater, Beltrami, Hubbard, Cass, Itasca, Aitkin, St. Louis and Carlton.

 


File Register

DateDocument nameDescription
July 30, 2009Commission Order Amending a Pipeline Routing Permit | document detailsA Commisison order: (1) retracting the Commission's decision to wait for a federal environmental impact statement, and (2) designating a route between Mileposts 1056.1 and 1073.0 through the Fond du Lac Reservation.
April 24, 2009Comments and Recommendations of the OES EFP Staff regarding routing approval through the Fond du Lac Reservation | document detailsEFP Staff Comments and Recommendations regarding route approval through the Fond du Lac Reservation
March 31, 2009The Fond du Lac Band and Enbridge Energy reached an agreement to allow the Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent pipeline projects to proceed along Enbridge's existing pipeline rights-of-way through the Band's Reservation | document detailsThe Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and Enbridge Pipelines (Southern Lights) L.L.C have reached an agreement in principle that now allows the Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent pipeline projects to proceed along Enbridge's existing pipeline route through the Band's Reservation in northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will take action on on the pipeline routing permit for this protion of the pipeline at a future date
March 31, 2009Order deferring designation of route for the Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent pipelines between Milepost 1056.1 and 1073.0 | document detailsThe Commission defers taking any action regarding route designation between Milepost 1056.1 and Milepost 1073.0 until the Federal Environmental Impact Statement is complete. The Commission will then be in a position to evaluate these matters with the benefit of that analysis
December 29, 2008Commission Order Granting a Pipeline Routing Permit | document detailsA commission order granting a pipeline routing permit in part, and deferring a permit decision on the route between Mileposts 1056.1 and 1073.0, pending further negotiations by the parties.
November 18, 2008DOC Energy Facility Permitting Staff Comments and Recommendations on Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Pipelines | document detailsStaff comments recommending that a Pipeline Routing Permit be issued for the Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent pipeline projects. Includes: comments, proposed permit, mitigations plans, and maps.
July 17, 2008Administrative Law Judge Report on Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects | document detailsThe report from the Administrative Law Judge providing a summary of testimony and findings of facts and recommending the granting of a certifiicate of need and a route permit for the Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent projects.
March 14, 2008Enbridge Energy Proposed Expanded Route and Route Alternatives for the Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects | document detailsMaps for the Enbridge Energy Proposed Expanded Route and Route Alternatives for the Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects
March 3, 2008Notice of Public Hearings Regarding Certificate of Need and Pipeline Routing Permit Applications for Enbridge Energy Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects | document detailsNotice of March 25 and 26 and April 8 and 9 Public Hearings for Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects
February 22, 2008DOC Energy Facility Permitting Staff Comments and Recommendation on Alberta Clipper/Southern Lights Diluent Route and Route Segment Proposals for Consideration at Public Hearing (South and East of Clearbrook) | document detailsRoutes and Route Segment Proposals for Consideration at Public Hearing
November 21, 2007PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED BY DOC EFP STAFF ON ENBRIDGE PROPOSED PIPELINES NORTH OF CLEARBROOK, MN | document detailsPUBLIC COMMENTS ON ENBRODGE PIPELINES NORTH OF CLEARBROOK
November 1, 2007Notice of Public Meetings and Public Hearings Regarding Certificate of Need Applications and Pipeline Routing Permit Applications for Enbridge Energy Proposed LSr, Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects | document detailsNotice of November 27, 28 and 29 Public Information Meetings and Hearings on Enbridge Pipeline LSr and Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects, issued
October 24, 2007Staff Comments & Recommendations on Route Segments and Routes Alternatives North and West of Clearbrook for Consideration at Contested Case Hearing | document detailsStaff Comment & Recommendations on Route Proposals for LSr &Alberta Clipper Nort and West of Clearbrook
October 24, 2007Comments and Recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Facility Permitting Staff Regarding Route Proposals for North and West of Clearbrook | document detailsDOC EFP Staff Comments and Recommendatins on Route Recommendation
July 27, 2007Notice of Application Acceptance and Public Information Meeting for the Enbridge Energy LSr, Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects | document detailsNoitice of Application Acceptance and Public Information Meetings for Enbridge Energy Pipeline Projects
July 9, 2007DOC Staff Comments and Recommendatons Regarding Acceptance of Enbridge Pipeline Applications for Pipeline Routing Permits | document detailsPermit Applications for LSr, Alberta Clipper and Southern Lights Diluent Projects
June 1, 2007Application for Routing Permit for a Crude Oil Pipeline | document detailsApplication to construct 285 miles of 36-inch-diameter underground petroleum pipeline and 188 miles of new 20-inch-diameter underground pipeline generally on or adjacent to the Enbridge right-of-way

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