We've recently heard a lot of controversy surrounding the proposed Keystone pipeline. It would transport Canadian tar sand through the U.S. to a refinery on the Gulf.
However, another pipeline company is already moving forward with plans for a new, 7-billion dollar replacement pipeline, right through the northern valley.
In November of 2007, two construction workers were killed when this Enbridge pipeline leaked and burst into a major fire, near Clearbrook, Minnesota. But now, Enbridge has plans to replace this nearly 50-year old pipeline.
The 1,000-mile pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada through Neche, North Dakota and near Clearbrook and Bemidji, Minnesota before ending up at Superior, Wisconsin.
Lorraine Little, Enbridge Pipeline: "It is replacing our existing pipeline that's been in the ground since the late 1960's. We will still have to go through a permitting process, particularly in Minnesota."
However, Little says they expect construction on the 7-billion dollar project should begin in 2015 and be completed in 2017.
The new pipeline would nearly double Enbridge's current pipeline capacity to 760-thousand barrels of crude oil a day.
The project is getting a stamp of approval from Minnesota's Office of Pipeline Safety.
Jon Wolfgram, MN Pipeline Safety: "Yes, moving toward installing new, up to date technology and things like that is a good thing."
Lorraine Little of Enbridge says they still have to basically go through the same regulatory process as building a new pipeline. But, since they're replacing an existing pipeline, they already have the corridor and agreements with existing landowners.
Enbridge says the project could employ over 15-hundred people, once construction gets underway.