"Bakken Oil Pipeline Would Bisect Minnesota, Cross 144 Waterways"

"Enbridge says it consulted with regulatory agencies and communities for a year and a half to select the best route, which faces intense public opposition."

"Retired first grade teacher Beth Baker-Knuttila has so much she wants to tell the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about why adding an oil pipeline near her beloved Portage Lake isn't a good idea.

On Thursday she'll have just three minutes to try to convince the PUC to reject a proposed Enbridge, Inc. pipeline that would cut across 144 lakes, streams and rivers, and skirt the shores of the Park Rapids lake that has been her home for 35 years.

The 616–mile Sandpiper pipeline is one of the first major pipelines designed to carry crude oil out of the booming Bakken Shale region of North Dakota."

David Hasemyer reports for InsideClimate News August 6, 2014.   

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