Enbridge seeks new pipeline across N. Minnesota
Enbridge Inc. plans to file applications this week to build a $2.5 billion pipeline to carry oil from North Dakota across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin. But opponents, including farmers along the route, are already organizing to fight it.
The 610-mile "Sandpiper" line would carry more than 200,000 barrels daily from western North Dakota's Bakken fields to the company's terminal in Superior, Wis. The Canadian-based company says its network of pipelines that transport Bakken oil is straining to keep up, so a new line is crucial.
But farmers and other property owners in northeastern Minnesota's Carlton County told Minnesota Public Radio for a story aired Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1dlMltahttp://bit.ly/1dlMlta ) that they fear the pipeline will destroy their land and way of life.
"We want to protect what we have, and we know there are others like us who want to protect what they have, and we're banding together," said farmer Steve Schulstrom, part of a group of two dozen landowners, organic farmers and others pressing to route the pipeline somewhere else.
Enbridge has proposed two routes. One follows its existing pipeline corridor. But its preferred route cuts a new path south to Park Rapids before turning east toward Superior through Carlton County.
That would take it right through a hayfield where Janaki Fisher-Merritt hopes to grow organic potatoes.
"We limed and put manure on that this spring, and then we find out in July that's exactly where they want to put a pipeline," Fisher-Merritt said as he walked his land.
Wis. DNR set to close 3rd wolf zone
Wisconsin wildlife officials are poised to close another wolf hunting zone.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has divided the state into six wolf hunting zones.
The agency plans to close the far northwestern Wisconsin zone at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The kill limit for the zone is 76 animals. Hunters had taken 72 as of late Tuesday afternoon.
The DNR plans to close the west-central Wisconsin zone at the same time. Hunters have killed 33 of the 34-wolf quota.
The agency shut down the zone that covers much of far northeastern Wisconsin last week after hunters killed one more wolf than the 28-animal limit.
The hunt began Oct. 15 and will run until hunters reach the 251-wolf statewide kill limit or through the end of February, whichever comes first.