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Twin Ports mayors support pipeline expansion

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The mayors of Duluth and Superior, Wis., are backing the expansion of the Enbridge Energy pipeline.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen held a news conference Wednesday to announce their support for Enbridge’s plans. Enbridge Energy employs about 750 people in the Twin Ports. And, it’s that local economic impact that puts the mayors squarely behind the project.

WDIO-TV reports opponents of the expansion also attended the news conference. Logan Bailey with the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group says the threat of a spill is too great for the short-term economic benefit.

An administrative law judge is currently gathering testimony on whether the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should grant the company’s request to increase the capacity of the Alberta Clipper pipeline by 40 percent.

Information from: WDIO-TV, http://www.wdio.com

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