Agency Cancels Public Hearings in St. Cloud on Oil Pipeline

Agency Cancels Public Hearings in St. Cloud on Oil Pipeline Photo: KSTP, File

October 26, 2017 05:24 AM

The state Public Utilities Commission has canceled public hearings scheduled this week in St. Cloud on Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

In a news release, the PUC says the city of St. Cloud advised the commission of "logistical and safety issues" related to many events being held Thursday at River's Edge Convention Center.


The commission is reviewing options for rescheduling the two hearings in St. Cloud.

Last week, protesters cut short a hearing in Duluth on the Line 3 project.

RELATED: Protesters Shut Down Duluth Hearing on Oil Pipeline Project

Tribal and environmental groups say the project threatens pristine waters where wild rice grows.

Enbridge and its supporters say Line 3 is a needed piece of infrastructure, and that replacing it will make it safer while creating jobs.

RELATED: Enbridge Energy Defends Plan to Replace Line 3 Oil Pipeline


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