On August 20, the U.S. state department granted a permit allowing Enbridge to build the U.S. portion of the Clipper pipeline bringing tar sands crude from Alberta to Wisconsin and the U.S. midwest.
As reported by Lisa Schmidt for Canwest, "When the $3.7-billion pipeline is completed in about a year, it will ship 450,000 barrels of bitumen a day to Superior, Wis., with the potential to reach 800,000 barrels a day.
Construction work will begin immediately on the U.S. leg, expected to cost about $1.2 billion. The Canadian segment of the Enbridge pipeline starts at Hardisty, Alta. — about 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton — and goes through Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the U. S. border. It has been under construction since last summer."
Approving the Clipper pipeline was the wrong choice.