Stauber Statement on Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s Decision to Uphold Approval of Line 3 Replacement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) made the following statement after the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission refused the Walz Administration’s request to reconsider its earlier approval of the Line 3 replacement project, which would run through Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.
“The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s decision to uphold its approval of the Line 3 replacement project reaffirmed what most of us in northern Minnesota already know: we can safely transport the natural resources upon which we all rely while unleashing the economic engine in our part of the state. I now urge Governor Walz to keep in step with his own agency and quickly allow the construction of Line 3’s replacement to begin.”
In June 2018, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved Enbridge Energy’s Certificate of Need to replace the corroding Line 3 pipeline. Former Governor Dayton’s Department of Commerce appealed the decision and petitioned the Public Utilities Commission 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. Following this decision, Enbridge announced that the replacement and expansion of Line 3 would occur about one year later than expected.