Duluth News Tribune

By: John Myers

Five St. Louis County commissioners have joined their counterparts in other northern Minnesota counties supporting construction of new and expanded oil pipelines across the region.

St. Louis County commissioners Steve Raukar, Keith Nelson, Tom Rukavina, Pete Stauber and Chris Dahlberg signed a letter to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton urging his support in speeding up the permitting process for Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 Replacement pipelines across Minnesota to move western state and Canadian oil to its Superior terminal and on to points south and east.

St. Louis County commissioners took no formal vote of direct support for the project, and two commissioners did not sign. The signatories join one commissioner for Polk, four from Aitkin, one from Beltrami, one from Carlton, one from Clearwater, one from Kittson, two from Marshall, one from Pennington and five from Red Lake counties in signing the letter to Dayton.

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