Stauber Statement on Line 3 Setback
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) made the following statement after Enbridge Energy Inc. announced that the replacement and expansion of the Line 3 pipeline would occur at least one year later than expected.
“Governor Walz must know that good paying union jobs are vital to Minnesota’s success, so I was incredibly disappointed when he chose to continue former Governor Dayton’s decision to review the unanimous decision made by the Public Utilities Commission,” said Stauber. “While Minnesotans consume energy from pipelines daily, Line 3 is corroding and in desperate need of replacement, putting the environment we all care about at higher risk. In choosing to continue this appeal, the Governor has thrown a wrench in the creation of thousands of union jobs and improving rural schools. Although this is a major setback, I still remain hopeful that Line 3 will be replaced.”
In June 2018, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously approved Enbridge Energy’s Certificate of Need to replace the corroding Line 3 pipeline. Former Governor Dayton’s Department of Commerce appealed that decision and petitioned the PUC to review its unanimous decision.
On February 12, 2019, Governor Walz announced his administration would continue former Governor Dayton’s decision to appeal regulatory approval of the Line 3 pipeline project.