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.

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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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The Associated Press

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