ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Friday granted one of two necessary permits to Enbridge for its proposed Sandpiper pipeline.

The certificate of need granted by the commission verifies Enbridge subsidiary North Dakota Pipeline Company demonstrated a need to ship crude oil via pipeline from the Bakken oil fields to Enbridge’s existing infrastructure in Superior, Wis.

A routing permit -- which will solidify the route Sandpiper will take -- is still required, and there are multiple options to be considered. The route proposed by NDPC would run from near Tioga, N.D., 616 miles across North Dakota and Minnesota, with a connection at an Enbridge station in Clearbrook, Minn., before proceeding across to Superior.

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