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Oil pipelines exposed near Minnesota river

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Jul 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Flooding and erosion have exposed oil pipelines along the Tamarac River in northwestern Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports three of the seven Enbridge Corporation pipelines that carry crude oil from Canada across Minnesota are now visible.

A local farmer says he noticed one exposed pipe in the area for 14 years, and he recently noticed more areas of uncovered pipeline.

The three exposed lines include a 24-inch and a 34-inch pipe constructed in the 1960s, as well as a 20-inch pipe laid in 2010. One pipe along the river channel is exposed for about 100 feet.

A state engineer says the exposure could damage the pipelines, but there isn't a law in place that requires Enbridge to rebury them. He says the risks increase the longer a line is exposed.

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