Thousands Protest In St. Paul Against Pipeline
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands have gathered in St. Paul to protest Minnesota's proposed Sandpiper pipeline.
The rally takes place one day after Minnesota regulators endorsed the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to Superior, Wisconsin. That's where pipeline owner Enbridge Energy operates an oil terminal tied to other pipelines supplying refineries in the East and Midwest.
Enbridge, a Calgary-based energy company that operates the world's longest petroleum pipeline network, owns six pipelines that cross Minnesota, where its operations date back to the 1950s.
Activists who led the battle against the giant Keystone pipeline say they hope to turn Minnesota's pipeline into the next national organizing symbol against tar sands and climate change.