The Minnesota PUC will be making a decision on the proposed Line 3 replacement in a couple of weeks.

The Minnesota PUC will be making a decision on the proposed Line 3 replacement in a couple of weeks. At least we hope it will. A few months ago administrative law judge Ann O’Reilly recognized that Line 3 needs to replaced. Even the PUC staff agrees the new pipeline is better for the environment than relying on the old one, according to briefing papers filed this month. For a long time there’s been ample evidence that this 1960s era relic needs to go. Let’s hope the PUC agrees and votes to approve it. We all know that replacing Line 3 down the proposed route is better for the environment, is very positive for our local counties, and would be wonderful for local farmers and construction workers.

People have been fuming about this project for years, yet they ignore the evidence that Line 3 as it is currently operating poses a much greater risk to the environment and our pristine waters than a new pipeline built with better materials and using modern construction methods.

Besides, the company has received easements from more than 90 percent of the private landowners on the route. If they’re for it, isn’t that reason enough as well? Let’s get Line 3 replaced for the safety of our environment.

Paul Dragseth

Eldred, Minnesota