The flow of crude oil from North Dakota's fields is backing up at a terminal in Clearbrook, Minnesota. The Canadian company that owns the terminal says the outgoing pipeline is operating at capacity and needs an upgrade. But a North Dakota competitor suspects the company is favoring tar sands oil from north of the border.
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Tiny Minnesota town has oil for millions of customers underfoot
521 people live in Clearbrook, Minnesota. Fourteen percent of the country's crude oil flows through pipelines under their feet. Clearbrook is a terminal for pipelines heading from Canada and North Dakota to refineries in the Twin Cities, Superior, and Chicago. A planned expansion will soon allow more North Dakota crude to flow through the junction.
Enbridge proposes another pipeline from North Dakota to Superior, Wis.
Enbridge, a Calgary, Alberta-based petroleum company, wants to build a new 500-mile pipeline to transport more crude from northwest North Dakota to Superior, Wis., Forum Communications reports. Company officials say the Sandpiper Pipeline could move about 225,000 barrels per day. If the project is approved, the earliest it could go into service would be late 2015.
North Dakota oil drillers set another production record
Records from the state's Department of Natural Resources show North Dakota produced 18.3 million barrels of crude in April -- up from 17.9 million barrels in March. Minnesota's western neighbor has surpassed Alaska to take the No. 2 slot among the states. Natural gas production also set a record in April.
Delta to offer service from Twin Cities to North Dakota oil patch
North Dakota's oil boom is fueling demand for more air travel. Delta Air Lines is adding two nonstop daily flights between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Williston, N.D., starting in November, the Fargo Forum reports.
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.
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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