Line 3 Is Ready to Get Minnesota Back to Work
It’s time for a comeback, and the Line 3 replacement project is an excellent way to jumpstart Minnesota’s economy when we need it most. It’s a stimulus package that will have real, immediate impact.
How much money is being privately invested to replace Line 3?
Enbridge is spending $2.6 Billion – over twice the amount spent on the US Bank Stadium project – to replace Line 3. Even better, taxpayers won’t have to foot the bill.
How many jobs will the project create?
The replacement will bring an estimated 4,200 construction jobs right here to Minnesota, helping us get us back on our feet. These are well-paying union jobs that lift up workers and support their families.
How can Line 3 positively impact Minnesota communities?
Line 3 will boost our local northern Minnesota economy by bringing people back to our stores, restaurants, and hotels during construction. In addition, it will add millions to the tax base that will help fund schools, roads, bridges, and other local resources in communities along the route.
Has the project been fully reviewed?
Yes. Line 3 is the most studied pipeline project in Minnesota history:
- More than 5 years of review and evaluation by state and federal experts.
- Minnesota agencies have held 70 public meetings.
- Enbridge has held more than 3,500 public meetings.
- Tens of thousands of public comments received and reviewed.
- Three weeks of evidentiary hearings by the Administrative Law Judge.
- For a second time, the PUC approved the EIS and granted a certificate of need and the route permit.
- The most comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement for a pipeline in state history.
How soon can the Line 3 replacement begin?
The project is shovel-ready. After over 5 years of review, Line 3 has passed every test and is ready for permits. Once the final permits are approved, construction can begin. However, after repeatedly saying that the draft permits were strong, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has announced it will hold a contested case hearing on the draft 401 water quality permit for Line 3, leading to further needless delay in this project that is ready to move forward.
Learn more facts about the Line 3 Replacement project here.