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Commissioner Tony Clark Statement
September 14, 2012
Docket No. IS12-548-000
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Enbridge Pipelines

“This order speaks to the extraordinary opportunities and challenges presented by the shale oil revolution taking place in North Dakota and elsewhere. The long-term solution to these challenges is more pipeline infrastructure as a means to transport oil to market. While prorationing is not an ideal situation, it is necessary until adequate capacity can be brought on-line. I commend Enbridge, its shippers, and the Commission staff for working together to facilitate an agreement that the Commission can support. I also encourage all stakeholders to engage the Commission in an ongoing discussion of how to best facilitate needed takeaway capacity. This is an issue that is of utmost importance, not only to the regions directly affected by oil development, but also to American energy security.

“Accordingly, I respectfully concur.”