Minnesota Pipeline Project Can Go Forward
On Thursday, June 28, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved both the Certificate of Need and the Route Permit for Enbridge’s preferred route for the Line 3 Replacement pipeline project in Minnesota. The commission vote on the certificate of need was a unanimous 5-0 while the route permit was passed by 3-2.
This project encountered intense opposition from anti-pipeline forces over an extended period of hearings and environmental review. The PUC’s decision underscores that, when presented with a compelling case and strong public support, policymakers will come down on the side of the critical need for modern infrastructure that safely delivers the energy that is essential to our way of life.
The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), which MSCI is a member of, strongly supported this effort. As Bloomberg explained, the 1,000-mile Line 3 project will help carry about 370,000 more barrels of heavy and light crude a day from Hardisty, Alberta, to a storage hub in Superior, Wis.