Minnesota refineries oppose paying for pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minnesota oil refineries say they shouldn’t have to help pay for a pipeline from North Dakota to Wisconsin that they won’t use.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy this month proposed a surcharge to finance the $2.5 billion, 618-mile “Sandpiper” pipeline, which will carry more oil from the Bakken fields in western North Dakota across Minnesota to a terminal in Superior, Wis. Flint Hills and Northern Tier Energy, the respective owners of refineries in Rosemount and St. Paul Park that rely partly on North Dakota crude oil, have told federal regulators they oppose the deal.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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