Updated written orders for the Line 3 Replacement Project issued last Friday listed a number of conditions developed through the regulatory process intended to make this project better for Minnesota. This week Enbridge filed plans to comply with these conditions - including the project’s Environmental Protection Plan, Agricultural Protection Plan, Archaeological and Historic Resources Plan, Environmental Justice Communities Mitigation Plan and Human Trafficking Prevention Plan, among others. Earlier compliance filings included details about the project’s Decommissioning Trust Fund, Landowner Choice Program which will allow landowners to decide if existing Line 3 will be decommissioned in place or removed from their property, Parental Guaranty, and Tribal Economic Opportunity and Labor Education Plan.
“Enbridge is actively fulfilling its commitment to work with Minnesota Tribes to provide opportunities for pipeline construction training and employment,” said Paul Eberth Director of Tribal Relations for Enbridge. “We’re proud of the work we’re accomplishing together with Tribes.” In June of 2019 the company committed to spending $100 million with Tribal and Native owned businesses. To date, the company has made good on $50 million of that commitment and 77 Minnesota tribal members have completed training.
The Human Trafficking Prevention Plan requires the development of public awareness campaign and training for all Line 3 Replacement Project workers as part of their onboarding requirements. The training and public awareness campaign are being developed in partnership with the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Taskforce, the Tribes Against Sex Trafficking Task Force and victim service providers.
“Enbridge recognizes human trafficking is a real and important problem happening right here in Minnesota. While we reject the allegation that human trafficking will increase as a result of the Line 3 Replacement Project, as members of the community, we stand strongly against this exploitation,” said Lorraine Little, Director of Community Engagement. “We are committed to working with Tribes, human trafficking authorities and the communities along our pipeline route to raise awareness and support human trafficking prevention and survivor programs.”
The replacement of Enbridge’s Line 3 is the most studied pipeline project in Minnesota history. It is a safety and maintenance driven $2.6 billion private investment in the state’s critical energy infrastructure that will better protect our communities and the environment. This project will put 4,200 people to work in family sustaining construction jobs, with most hired from local union halls.
Enbridge remains committed to replacing Line 3 and continues to work on securing the more than 20 additional permits, approvals and authorizations needed for construction to begin. For more information on the Line 3 Replacement Project, the MPUC certificate of need or route permit conditions, visit Enbridge.com/Line3US.