The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) voted to deny petitions against Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project (L3RP).
On 21 May 2020, petitions for reconsideration were filed on the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS), certificate of need (CN) and route permit (RP) dockets.
However, MPUC has now ruled that the EIS, CN and RP dockets are all valid.
Enbridge Executive Vice-President and President, Liquids Pipelines Vern Yu said the MPUC’s decision to deny the reconsideration petitions is another step forward for L3RP.
“This decision properly reflects the extensive and complete review that the project has undergone,” he said.
Enbridge said its L3RP not only meets Minnesota’s energy needs, it is replacing an ageing pipeline with one built to the newest standards using modern construction techniques.
“This is the safest and best option for protecting the environment and communities,” the company said.
“Enbridge will continue to work with other permitting agencies towards the timely issuance of the remaining permits and construction is expected to take 6–9 months once all permits have been received.”
The project is a US$2.9 billion private investment that will bring 4,200 union construction jobs and millions of dollars in local spending and tax revenues to the state.
For more information visit the Enbridge website.
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