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Preparing for Sandpiper Pipeline

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Enbridge Pipelines has big plans for moving more oil from the Bakken.

A proposed new pipeline that will be known as the Sandpiper is in the approval process right now, and if green-lighted, will move up to 225-thousand barrels of Bakken crude from the state every day.

The potential of a new line isn't coming without preparation however.

Wednesday, Enbridge officials met with local leaders to discuss what would happen should an incident occur on the Sandpiper in the area.

Perry Olson has more on the meeting today.

Enbridge has been through disaster clean-up before -- in Marshall, Michigan, July of 2010. About 20-thousand barrels of crude spilled from a ruptured pipeline. Mark Curwin of Enbridge calls the incident, and subsequent clean-up a 'watershed moment' for the company...even tougher safety standards were implemented after it...

(Mark Curwin - Enbridge Pipelines) "We want people to know that we think about this. Safety is our number one priority. We are doing everything we can to be prepared in case something was to happen."

With the proposed Sandpiper line getting closer to a reality through the heart of North Dakota, Wednesday, officials met with local leaders to discuss what the response would be should a spill happen here...

(Mark Curwin - Enbridge Pipelines) "We understand in today's world the sensitivities with infrastructure and pipelines that people have concerns about them and with recent incidents and activities on the railways and it is part of our effort."

Today, officials were able to ask questions about how the pipeline would impact the area...and what would happen if a spill occurred. If that ever happened, Enbridge's "Incident Command System", as it is called, would quickly be implemented. It seemed to be reassuring for local authorities...

(Sheriff Steve Kukowski - Ward County) "To know who you are working with, what resources you have available, how you would set it up and combat something like this is very very important to us so it is great to have these open lines of communication with all the different entities and get a plan."

The Sandpiper Pipeline is planned to run from Tioga to Superior Wisconsin.

Enbridge is currently waiting for approval from the North Dakota Public Service Commission to build the line.

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