Governor Dayton Killing Energy In Minnesota

September 12, 2014 
Contact: Brittni Palke 

Governor Dayton Killing Energy In Minnesota
The Public Utilities Commission votes to delay the approval of the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Governor Dayton and his administration are effectively killing the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline in Minnesota and energy production in Minnesota. On Thursday the Public Utilities Commission led by Dayton appointees further delayed the approval of the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline across Northern Minnesota. Governor Dayton claims he’s for creating jobs and solving the rail car issue facing Minnesota farmers as they try to get their grain to market, but all Mark Dayton is doing is bowing to environmental extremists.

“Instead of trusting Minnesotans, empowering problem solvers and encouraging job growth, Mark Dayton is bowing to environmental extremists who are bent on never moving ahead with the Enbridge pipeline project just because there is oil in it,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “Oil will continue to come out of the Bakken oil fields and our farmers still need to get their grain to market.  This decision hurts Minnesota farmers, and Minnesotans who desperately need a job. Mark Dayton’s campaign is the only one benefiting from this decision as the liberal extremists come forward to thank him and line his campaign coffers. Mark Dayton should be ashamed of his administration and demand that this project move forward for the benefit of all Minnesotans.”


Mark Dayton is killing jobs in Minnesota and hurting farmers. “Minnesota regulators on Thursday ordered a broader search for the best pathway to build a major new crude oil pipeline across the state. The 3-2 decision by the state Public Utilities Commission was a setback for Enbridge Energy, which wants to build the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline through northern Minnesota to carry North Dakota oil to a terminal in Superior, Wis., that feeds refineries across the Midwest.”
(David Shaffer, Minnesota regulators want broader look at pipeline route, Star Tribune, September 11, 2014)

“Minnesota rail delays costing farmers – $100M and counting” “The study — by Edward Usset of the U’s Center for Farm Financial Management — estimated the rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million in lower prices from March to May, an average loss of 30 cents per bushel. He put the revenue losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers, or 40.5 cents per bushel, and $8.5 million for wheat growers, or 41 cents per bushel.”
(Steve Karnowski, Minnesota rail delays costing farmers – $100M and counting, Pioneer Press, July 10, 2014)

“If approved in Minnesota and built, Sandpiper will provide a stable, reliable source of North Dakota crude oil to refineries in the Upper Midwest and beyond. Additionally, Sandpiper will have a significant positive impact for Minnesotans. As recently reported, the agriculture industry alone is losing hundreds of millions of dollars because of a stretched rail system. If more oil can move by pipeline — which is safer and more efficient — rail and trucks will have more capacity for other goods.”
(Brad Shamla, Counterpoint: Pipelines move oil safely and efficiently, Star Tribune, September 10, 2014)

Enbridge would create 1,500 jobs in Minnesota. “The $2.6 billion project is designed to bring North Dakota crude oil to Enbridge’s terminals at Clearbrook, Minn., and Superior, Wis., and promises more than 1,500 temporary construction jobs and the potential to reduce the amount of oil moving on trains.”
(David Shaffer, Door open for new Enbridge Energy pipeline route in northern Minnesota, Star Tribune, August 7, 2014)

Broad support from numerous stakeholders including Kevin Pranis of the Minnesota/North Dakota Laborers’ Union who told the Star Tribune that using existing rail lines to continue transporting North Dakota crude oil through Minnesota poses “significantly greater risks,” than the pipeline. “The standards in place for rail lines, even the new ones being put in place for tank cars, are nowhere near the standards in place for pipelines.”
(David Shaffer, Door open for new Enbridge Energy pipeline route in northern Minnesota, Star Tribune, August 7, 2014)

Minnesota Farmers are losing millions because of rail car shortages. “A study that shows Minnesota grain farmers lost $109 million in revenue from March through May proves that the state’s major rail carriers are not sufficiently addressing agricultural shipping problems, Gov. Mark Dayton has told federal transportation officials.”
(David Shaffer, “Dayton wants more answers from railroads on ag shipping problems,” Star Tribune, August 27, 2014)

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