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Minn. regulators set 12 public meetings on oil pipelines

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators plan a dozen public meetings on Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline across northern Minnesota and its plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline.

The meetings will deal with the scope of an upcoming environmental review. Sandpiper would carry North Dakota light crude to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis., while the Line 3 replacement would carry Canadian tar sands oil to Superior, sharing much of the same route as the Sandpiper.

Regulators have prepared a draft laying out what the environmental review would cover and a tentative schedule. The Public Utilities Commission will use the review in deciding if the pipelines are needed and what route they should take.

The meetings run from April 15 to May 11 in communities along the planned route, and May 9 in St. Paul.

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