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Minnesota Regulators Say They Need More Time for Pipeline Review

Minnesota Regulators Say They Need More Time for Pipeline Review Photo: KSTP

April 04, 2017 04:17 PM

Minnesota regulators say they need more time to complete a draft environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposed replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline.

The draft was tentatively set for release Monday, but the state Commerce Department has pushed the date back to May 15.

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Release of the draft will be followed by a comment period that will include a minimum of 22 public information meetings, one in each county along the proposed routes. The Public Utilities Commission will use the final document in deciding on Enbridge's applications.

The $7.5 billion project would replace a nearly 60-year-old pipeline that Enbridge no longer runs at its original capacity. Line 3 runs 1,097 miles from Alberta, Canada, across northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. Environmental and tribal groups oppose the project.

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