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Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Minnesota water summit

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton asked more than 800 people attending his inaugural Water Summit on Saturday to brainstorm ideas for solving Minnesota’s water quality challenges, but not before opponents of the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline interrupted his remarks to urge him to play a greater role in scrutinizing the project. Just after Dayton took the ...

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North Dakota and Minnesota face off over coal power in federal appeals court

The states of North Dakota and Minnesota on Wednesday took their legal battle over coal-generated electricity to a federal appeals court in St. Paul and faced tough questions from the three-judge panel. The case pits Minnesota regulators against the state of North Dakota and its utility and coal interests over a 2007 Minnesota law restricting new power generation from coal. ...

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Unlikely allies on energy, Minnesota and North Dakota are pushed to work together under the Clean Power plan

Minnesota and North Dakota may need to make nice over energy policy. The two states have been fighting in federal court for two years over Minnesota’s cross-border restrictions on coal-based electricity. Now, the federal government’s even-more-sweeping regulations to cut coal power plant greenhouse gas emissions are pushing states to work together. “Pretty clearly there are benefits to consumers and power ...

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Fired worker had carload of explosives, charges say

A disgruntled power plant employee harassed and threatened union officials before police discovered his carload of explosive materials and bullets, according to charges. Robert James Johnson, 58, was charged last week with three felony counts of terroristic threats. According to a criminal complaint, St. Paul police were contacted by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters in St. Paul ...

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Enbridge Energy seeks OK for replacement crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota

Another proposed crude oil pipeline, along with another round of controversy, is coming to northern Minnesota. Pipeline operator Enbridge Energy on Friday asked state regulators for approval to build a $2.1 billion, 337-mile pipeline to replace a 1960s-era Line 3 pipeline. It carries crude oil from Canada to the Midwest, but has a history of ruptures. The Minnesota segment is ...

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State agencies analyze oil transportation in Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Everyone involved admits it remains an impossible task, but several members of an interagency team presented the most comprehensive report to date on oil pipelines in Minnesota to the state’s Environmental Quality Board on Wednesday. The 114-page report was built by more than 30 staff members from 11 different state government agencies. Aptly named “Interagency Report on ...

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Report due on oil pipeline effects in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota officials will learn more this week about the health, economic and environmental effects of pipelines carrying crude oil from North Dakota and Canada through Minnesota. A recent report prepared by several state agencies shows about 3.3 million barrels of crude oil cross Minnesota every day. About 80 percent of that oil is being transported by ...

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Dayton proposes spending $330 million to upgrade rail safety


Gov. Mark Dayton, joined by officials from cities across the state, proposed Friday a $330 million 10-year spending plan to make railroads and grade crossings safer from passing oil trains. The proposal, which includes $33 million in new annual assessments on major railroads in Minnesota, is a response to more rail shipments, especially of crude oil from North Dakota. Up ...

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Houston County commissioners mum on frac-sand ban

CALEDONIA — Houston County doesn’t have a complete ban on mining silica sand for use in energy extraction. Last Wednesday, the county board took a unanimous nonbinding vote that would have made the county the first in the state with an outright ban. The board said it wanted to make some changes to the ordinance and add a preamble explaining ...

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Minnesota county considers frac-sand ban

Houston County is close to adopting a permanent ban on frac-sand mining — a step that would be a first in Minnesota and a new twist in the Midwest’s sand-mining boom. The County Board adopted the ordinance 5-0 this week in a preliminary vote, and it is expected to give it final approval this month after the county attorney reviews ...

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