Below is a web page to a news article that you may find interesting, particularly residences that live near the proposed Sandpiper pipeline through northern Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties. This is a pipeline to move North Dakota and maybe Canadian crude oil and in some respects could be compared to the Keystone pipeline which has created a lot of national interest.
The web page is http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/275443/.
Enbridge is the company that is proposing this pipeline and they do have other pipelines in the nation. I am not an engineer but one of their proposals is to increase the flow of other existing pipelines by increasing the number of pumping stations. If flow is increased in existing pipelines, does it not create more friction, pressure and heat and increase the potential for a break? A spill that occurred in Michigan in July 2010 is still being cleaned up and the company has asked for an extension to complete dredging the Kalamazoo River.
We need this source of energy but how it is done is important and we need more information from Enbridge.