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Enbridge Energy seeks green light for oil pipeline from ND to Superior

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - Enbridge Energy expects to file applications this week for the okay to build a crude oil pipeline it's considering between North Dakota and Superior. 

However, farmers and others along the route are banding together to fight the $2.5 million project.

Minnesota Public Radio says the Gopher State's Public Utilities Commission will spend a year weighing the pros and cons of the new 610 mile Sandpiper oil line before making a final decision. 

Enbridge says the line would ship over 200,000 barrels of crude each day from the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota to the firm's terminal in Superior. 

The company says the new line is crucial, because its current pipelines are struggling to keep up.

Meanwhile, organic farmers and other landowners in northeast Minnesota say they're worried the new pipeline will ruin their land, and hurt their way of life.