Brakes put on $20M Wisconsin oil terminal project

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A $20 million oil terminal project has been put on hold in Wisconsin, a move that will effectively prevent oil tankers from sailing from western Lake Superior to the east coast, Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

Superior Calumet Refinery manager Kollin Schade said he had hoped the terminal would have opened in two years, but no potential partners from the east coast have stepped forward because of the size and cost of a facility.

Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. -- the owner of the Lake Superior-based refinery -- initially floated the idea in January.

Plans for the terminal included shipping crude from the expanding Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, where oil production has tripled in the past five years.

Duluth Port Director Adolph Ojard tells WPR that he believes the most efficient way to move oil "given the current conditions" is by "rail and pipeline."

Schade said the group is still moving ahead with its efforts to get permits for the project from the state Department of Natural Resources.

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