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Superior Calumet Refinery delays plans to ship oil through Great Lakes

Calumet Refinery in Superior
Calumet Refinery in Superior

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - The new wave of crude oil from North Dakota will not be shipped from Superior any time soon. 

The Superior Calumet Refinery has delayed plans to open a terminal to move crude by boat on the Great Lakes to the East Coast. 

Refinery manager Kollin Schade tells Wisconsin Public Radio the project needs a refinery in the Eastern U.S. as a partner. He says there's been interest from various partners, but none have stepped forward to make a long-term commitment that's needed to make the Superior terminal feasible. 

Calumet was planning to open it in two years. The firm is still seeking state permits just in case it can proceed down the line. 

The terminal would ship crude oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota. It's where production has risen so quickly, that normal transporting methods are having a hard time keeping up. 

For now, at least, Adolph Ojard of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says it's more efficient to move the North Dakota crude by pipelines and trains.

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