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Enbridge calls regulatory action on Sandpiper "unlawful and unreasonable"


ST. PAUL -- Enbridge Energy on Monday called an order by regulators in the Sandpiper pipeline permitting process "unlawful and unreasonable" and requested it be altered.

The company's complaint centers on when an Environmental Impact Statement, or environmental study of the proposed crude oil pipeline's environmental impact, is required to be performed. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered Jan. 11 that the study be performed before testimony is heard in contested case proceedings over the pipeline.

However, in a "petition for reconsideration" filed Monday, Enbridge Energy said waiting for the EIS to be completed before starting the proceedings would be a delay that goes against the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.


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