Sandpiper Crude Oil Pipeline

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Sandpiper Crude Oil Pipeline was a proposed oil pipeline in the United States.[1] As of 2016, it is considered cancelled.


The pipeline would run from Tioga, North Dakota, to Superior, Wisconsin.[2]

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  • Operator:
  • Owner: Enbridge; North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC
  • Parent company: Enbridge; Marathon Petroleum (via Williston Basin Pipe Line LLC)[1]
  • Capacity: 375,000 bpd
  • Length: 616 mi
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Start year:


The Sandpiper Pipeline Project was proposed in 2013 as a 616-mile crude oil pipeline to transfer Bakken crude oil from Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge Station, near Tioga, North Dakota, to Enbridge’s Superior Terminal, near Superior, Wisconsin.[1]

The pipeline was proposed in 2013 by North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC, a joint venture between Enbridge Energy and Williston Basin Pipe Line of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.[1]

On September 1, 2016, Enbridge withdrew its applications for the pipeline before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which unanimously approved the withdrawal on October 28, 2016.[1] According to Enbridge, the company "concluded the project should be delayed until such time as crude oil production in North Dakota recovers sufficiently to support development of new pipeline capacity. Based on updated projections, [Enbridge] believes that new pipeline capacity will not likely be needed until beyond the Partnership's current five-year planning horizon."[3]

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