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Enbridge may move part of new Minn. pipeline route

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Enbridge Energy officials say they want to drop part of a proposed new pipeline route in northeastern Minnesota after farmers and residents objected.

Company officials said Tuesday they will ask the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to throw out about 1.5 miles of a possible route for their Sandpiper crude oil pipeline that would have crossed undisturbed farm and woods in Carlton County.

Instead, the company says it wants the commission to consider a new route that will follow existing pipelines and then follow electric and gas-utility corridors, avoiding disturbing new areas.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the Carlton County Board voted 4-0 Tuesday to ask the PUC to back existing utility lines as state regulators consider approving the proposed pipeline and where it will go.

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