Enbridge Energy's proposed route for its $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline to carry oil from North Dakota to Minnesota has been approved by Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman. The judge said the pipeline was needed and that the proposed route through a mostly unpopulated area is the best option despite its wetlands and lakes. The Public Utilities Commission must still approve the project.
Sunoco Logistics Partners said Thursday that it plans to start constructing its $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 project by the end of 2016 along the route of its existing 70,000 barrels-per-day Mariner East 1. The pipeline is expected to carry up to 275,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to the company's Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Philadelphia. The project would boost the entire system's capacity to 345,000 barrels of NGL per day.
Since work began on the billion dollar 11-mile-long Green Line light-rail corridor in Minneapolis, 121 projects have broken ground along its route, with a construction value of an estimated $2.5 billion. "The development we've seen so far only marks the beginning of new opportunities in the Central Corridor," said Metropolitan Council chair Sue Haigh. "For decades to come, the Green Line will be a catalyst for employment and economic growth along its 11-mile route."
The $2.5 billion expansion of the Mall of America in Minnesota will add more stores and restaurants, three or four hotels, an office tower, an "NHL-sized skating rink" and a 7,000-slot, eight-level parking garage. The plans also include a water park "of a size and scale that it would be a tourist attraction in and of itself," said Kurt Hagen, senior vice president of development for Triple Five Worldwide.
In 2008, Minnesota embarked on a 10-year, $2.5 billion plan to replace or repair more than 130 bridges. Today, it is halfway there. The plan was created after the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007. "Ironically, it stimulated the fact we need bridge work across the state, because it's an easy priority to push aside," said Bernard Lieder, a state legislator.