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Opponents fight Enbridge Energy's pipeline plans in Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Environmentalists say they'll fight plans by Enbridge Energy to replace a crude oil pipeline from Canada to Wisconsin with a much larger facility. Enbridge said this week it wants to spend $7-billion to replace a 1,000 mile pipeline that's been carrying crude from the Canadian tar fields to a refinery in Superior. The old line was built in 1968. The new line would have the same capacity -- up to 760,000 barrels a day.

The project would accommodate the boom in North Dakota's oil production in recent years -- same as a different pipeline Enbridge wants to build between western North Dakota and Superior.

Sierra Club attorney Doug Hayes says the new project would attract the same opposition as other lines from the Canadian tar sands. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to be briefed on the matter this afternoon, when he meets with Enbridge Energy officials in Superior.