Oil transportation a feisty social lubricant at the U

Oil makes a feisty social lubricant.

A debate ensued on the University of Minnesota campus on Wednesday over the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline. Enbridge, the company behind it, claims the pipeline would safely carry light crude from northern North Dakota through Grand Forks, passing through parts of Minnesota cabin country, ending in Superior, Wis. Plus, creating jobs while moving about 1,710 rail cars worth a day.

Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow protested in favor of the pipeline, and claim some of the opposition is funded by rail tycoon Warren Buffett who'd happily keep oil on rails. Their main argument, however, is that oil in a pipe is safer.

The groups opposing the pipeline at the U dubbed themselves the Enbridge Tar Sands Resistance Tour and said they oppose any crude oil coming through Minnesota by pipe or train, pointing to environmental concerns like oil getting into groundwater or rivers, and climate change.

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