How were concerns of tribal communities addressed throughout the Line 3 planning process?
Enbridge has worked closely with tribal communities on the planning of the Line 3 replacement – In fact, the project involves the most comprehensive Indigenous consultation and engagement initiative in Enbridge’s history.
After meeting with the two tribes directly affected by the project, Line 3 will now follow an alternate route that avoids the Leech Lake reservation, and an agreement has been made with the Fond du Lac Band for passage through their reservation. In addition, Enbridge has earmarked $100 million in pipeline work for Indian contractors and employees, provides Indigenous awareness training to hundreds of employees, and is working with tribes to conduct one of the largest cultural surveys of its kind along the pipeline route.
With support from Enbridge and other sponsors, the Minneapolis-based Building Trades Tribal Partnership Program provides Native Americans with training in pipeline construction. Many graduates are able to find immediate employment, including on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project facilities upgrade in Superior, WI.