Company proposes oil pipeline from North Dakota to Minnesota

A Colorado company wants to build a 450-mile pipeline that could move up to 150,000 barrels a day to a hub in Clearbrook, in northern Minnesota.
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A Colorado company wants to build a 450-mile pipeline that could move up to 150,000 barrels a day to a hub in Clearbrook, in northern Minnesota.

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