MPCA asking for comments on Clearbrook pipeline station expansion

Contact: Dan Olson, 218-846-8101

Detroit Lakes, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is inviting public comments on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed addition of four new crude oil storage tanks at a Minnesota Pipeline Company pipeline station operated by Koch Pipeline Company just southeast of Clearbrook. The comment period ends Feb. 4, 2015.

The pipeline station currently has 11 crude oil tanks and supporting equipment. Koch is proposing adding four 300,000-barrel tanks that would be 196 feet in diameter and 56 feet high. The work will take place in the northwest portion of the site and include limited grading and resurfacing, construction of the new tanks and associated containment, as well as two small buildings, roads, piping and fencing.

Pending permit approvals, construction could begin as early as winter 2014-2015 with a construction period of 14 to 17 months.

Comments on the proposed expansion should be submitted in writing to Patrice Jensen, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194 or by fax to 651-297-2343, or via email to patrice.jensen@state.mn.us. Comments received after 4:30 p.m. on Feb.4, 2015 will not be considered.

The EAW is a preliminary environmental review of how a proposed project could potentially affect the environment. The EAW also helps the MPCA determine if an Environmental Impact Statement (a more in-depth environmental review) is needed.

Copies of the EAW are available for review on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage, and at the MPCA offices in Detroit Lakes and St. Paul. To request a paper copy of the EAW from the MPCA, call Beth Tegdesch at 651-757-2100.

Additional information on the environmental review process is available on the Minn. Environmental Quality Board website.