Enbridge Pipeline Gets Minnesota Okay
Despite protests, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead to Enbridge to replace its existing crude oil feeder pipeline coming from Canada to St. Paul refineries.
Over $2 billion will be spent on the new 36-inch pipeline, which is replacing the aging 34-inch pipeline. Line 3 runs 1,097 miles from Edmonton to Superior, WI.
The US portion of the new pipeline will follow Enbridge’s existing Line 3 route from Joliette, ND to Clearbrook, MN.
The commission cited the need to replace the pipeline because of its deteriorating condition. “Replacing Line 3 is first and foremost about the safety and integrity of this critical energy infrastructure,” said Enbridge president and CEO Al Monaco.
The company has been running the line at about half of its original capacity of 760,000 BOPD because of safety concerns.
Native American groups have opposed the project, and have threatened demonstrations and lawsuits to stop construction.