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Workers unload a 36-inch pipe from a rail car to a semi Saturday east of Bemidji in preparation to start a $3.4 billion Enbridge Inc. crude oil pipeline project in mid-August. Bemidji is one of six staging points for the 1,000-mile project, with 326 miles in the United States. Pioneer Photo/ Brad Swenson

Enbridge to start multibillion-dollar pipeline project in August

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A 1,000-mile crude oil pipeline project costing $3.4 billion begins in mid-August, say Enbridge Inc. officials.

"We've got pipe coming in and yards are filling up, equipment is rolling in," Lorraine Grymala, Enbridge manager of community affairs/major projects, said last week. "We're just waiting on a few remaining permits and then we'll set a firm kick-off date, but August ... we should be ready to go."

Locally, it will mean up to 500 jobs.

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