Earlier this summer, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the certificate of need for the Line 3 replacement project, the route permit and the adequacy of the environmental impact statement. Since that time, there have been appeals to that ruling in the appellate court and the Department of Commerce. While the appeals process moves forward, Enbridge Project Director Barry Simonson says work is continuing, “but, we know our original goal of starting in the summer is not a reality; we’re planning for winter construction.” This $2.6 billion private investment pipeline plan is described as a safety and maintenance project. “If you think about northwest Minnesota, which is predominately agriculture, we have six or seven pipelines that have existed since the 1950s throughout the region. The familiarity and transparency has been there since Day One.”
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