Pipe for the Sandpiper Pipeline is stored east of Stanley, N.D., along U.S. Highway 2 in anticipation of construction for the pipeline, which Enbridge officials hope will begin in the middle of 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

UPDATED: Enbridge Suspends Pursuit Of Sandpiper Pipeline Approval

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Enbridge announced late Thursday it plans to suspend the Sandpiper Pipeline, citing changes in market conditions and Minnesota regulatory delays that prompted customers to invest in a different pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners will withdraw applications pending with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and shelve the Sandpiper until North Dakota oil production recovers…
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The Dakota Access Pipeline, pictured under construction on Friday, July 29, 2016, in northwest North Dakota, is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

UPDATED: Sandpiper Pipeline Future Unclear As Enbridge, Marathon Buy Into Dakota Access

Enbridge, which has been battling for approval of a Bakken crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, has announced it will invest in a different pipeline from North Dakota, leaving the future of its Sandpiper line unclear. Enbridge Energy Partners and Marathon Petroleum Corp. plan to acquire a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a…
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Minnesota prosecutors allege that Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., purchased a 17-acre island on Mink Lake near Maple Lake, Minn., using proceeds from a fraudulent investment scheme involving the Bakken oilfields.

Minnesota Man Accused Of Defrauding Bakken RV Park Investors

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota man is accused in federal court of stealing more than $2 million from victims hoping to invest in North Dakota oilfield housing and using the money to fund his own entertainment and lifestyle, including buying a 17-acre island. Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., is charged with five counts of wire…
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Former employees of WCE Oil Field Services pose for a portrait in a work yard owned by their new employer, CS Welding, near Palermo, N.D. The workers are owed wages by WCE, which shut down in May 2015 without paying workers for their final weeks of work. Andrew Cullen/Forum News Service

Oilfield Business Failure Leaves Workers Unpaid, Jobless

STANLEY, N.D. – At least 42 employees of a North Dakota oilfield service company that folded a year ago are still owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid wages in a business debacle that also took its toll on Minnesota investors and other companies. Lawsuits and red tape have yet to bring any relief to the…
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Enbridge Project Director: Sandpiper Pipeline Plan Could Be In Jeopardy

By Robb Jeffries Forum News Service ST. PAUL – Regardless of environmental feasibility, the Sandpiper pipeline project might not happen if the originally proposed route is not followed. Paul Eberth, Sandpiper’s project manager, testified Tuesday at an evidentiary hearing for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that the North Dakota Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Enbridge,…
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