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A marker near Floodwood alerts drivers they're crossing over the underground pipeline. Bob King / Duluth News Tribune

Pipeline complete; Canadian crude on its way

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On March 3, with no fanfare, two welders sparked a torch and linked two pieces of pipe in Superior, the final touch in the 1,000-mile Alberta Clipper oil pipeline.

The $1.2 billion Enbridge Energy pipe has been laid, buried where needed, welded, pressure-tested with water and inspected. It will start carrying Canadian crude oil to Superior in about three weeks - months earlier than the company expected when work started in September.

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