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More than a hundred protesters, including some wearing masks to show toxic dangers they see in some types of oil production, stood in protest Wednesday, July 17, 2013, when the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission would not accept their testimony about a change sought by the owner of a northern Minnesota oil pipeline. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota approves pipeline change over protests

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ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota state commission provided a key approval Wednesday to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline expansion as chants of “shame on you” rang out in the downtown St. Paul meeting room.

“We are the people you represent,” one of more than 100 protesters shouted as all five Public Utilities Commission members approved increasing the pipeline’s capacity after a brief discussion of the pipeline issue with no chance for public testimony.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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