State government bureaucrats in Saint Paul are unnecessarily holding up billions of dollars in meaningful investments for Greater Minnesota, placing roadblock after roadblock in front of the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Pipeline.

    State government bureaucrats in Saint Paul are unnecessarily holding up billions of dollars in meaningful investments for Greater Minnesota, placing roadblock after roadblock in front of the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Pipeline.

    This week, I attended a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) public hearing on the project in Thief River Falls. There have been dozens of public meetings on Line 3 with more scheduled for this fall. The unprecedented scrutiny and bureaucratic runaround this project has received is disappointing to say the least, and many local leaders and residents came out to show support for this important project.

    Enbridge Line 3 is about replacing an existing pipeline to make our communities safer while protecting the well-being of our water supply and environment. Without approval, Northwest Minnesota could lose out on a significant number of good-paying jobs, as well as crucial property tax revenue for our counties and communities. This substantial private investment for our state will give a big economic boost to Northern Minnesota.

    The project is already moving forward in Canada and Wisconsin, and there’s no reason it should not move forward in Minnesota too.

    Enough is enough. It’s time for the PUC and Dayton Administration to approve the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Pipeline.