Brakes put on $20M Wisconsin oil terminal project

Publish date:

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.

Next Up


Judge puts Wisconsin's voter ID law on hold

A court case challenging Wisconsin's voter ID law is scheduled for trial on April 16th. The judge's injunction means photo IDs will not be required to vote in the state's election on April 3rd. The judge also said there's a "very substantial likelihood" the plaintiffs will win their challenge of the law.

Traffic accident shuts down major oil pipeline from Canada to Midwest

Wisconsin Public Radio reports a vehicle crash in Illinois has disrupted pipelines that carry crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in the Midwest. The Enbridge pipeline moves 318,000 barrels of oil a day. A spokeswoman could not say how the disruption might affect refineries in the region.