Report due on oil pipeline effects

Published 9:42 am Monday, March 16, 2015

ST. PAUL — 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 pipeline. The rest moves by train.

The Minnesota Legislature enacted new rail safety laws to respond to potential spills, but a new state report says such measures should be extended to pipelines to both prevent spills and respond to any that do happen.

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