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Enbridge Energy oil pipeline topic of Brainerd meeting

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The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes area will present a program on the Enbridge Energy oil pipeline installed through northern Minnesota at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter.

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Enbridge Oil has petitioned the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for permission to expand the quantity of tar sand oil pumped through the “Alberta Clipper” pipeline, which runs across all of northern Minnesota to Superior, Wis., and on to Illinois.

The PUC has approved the first phase of the expanded pumping, and if Enbridge receives final approval, it would double the current capacity of tar sand oil passing through Minnesota to 880,000 barrels a day.

One of the routes for the pipeline runs through northern Crow Wing County and southern Cass County, and there are benefits and potential problems that arise.

Marty Cobenais, spokesman for the indigenous Environmental Network, will be the speaker for this program, discussing the history of leaks and spills from other Enbridge lines, the corrosive nature of the oil sludge and the health and environmental disaster that the mining of the tar sands is for the indigenous people living in the area who rely on the local lakes and waters for food and water.

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