December 13, 2018 10:40 AM
Minnesota regulators have rejected the latest attempt by environmental and tribal groups to stop Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline.
The Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to reject petitions from groups opposed to the project. The groups wanted the commission to reconsider its decision to approve a certificate of need for the replacement line.
Supporters of the project arrived early and snagged most of the limited seating in the hearing room. Many wore blue jackets with the name of their group, Minnesotans for Line 3.
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After the vote, about 20 opponents chanted, "Stop Line 3."
The vote was one of the commission's last major actions on the project. Opponents will now challenge the project in court.
Enbridge wants to replace its existing Line 3 because it was built in the 1960s and is increasingly subject to cracking and corrosion.
A statement from Minnesotans for Line 3 released Thursday read:
This is another important day for this project. Today's action means Minnesota now has approved that Line 3 is needed and the right route for the project. Other agencies can now get to work on the permits and other approvals needed to keep this project moving.
The facts are clear, the process has worked. There is more work to do but we are another step closer to the start of construction. It's time to build Line 3.
The Associated Press
Updated: December 13, 2018 10:40 AM
Created: December 13, 2018 05:35 AM
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