Rep. Fabian Critical of Pipeline Testimony 13 Sep 17

It was a swift response yesterday from District #1 Representative Dan Fabian, critical of testimony presented Monday by the State Department of Commerce suggesting a shutdown of Enbridge Legacy Line #3 instead of Public Utility Commission approval to replace it.

The pipeline, first constructed in the 1960′s, runs through several counties in the listening area, and Fabian said yesterday loss of the line would mean millions lost to the Northwest Minnesota economy.

In a statement yesterday, District 1 Senator Mark Johnson echoed those thoughts, saying Canada and Wisconsin are already moving forward with the project, claiming Minnesota is once again the “outlier that can’t see common sense.”

Replacement of the line, a three billion dollar project in Minnesota, was ordered by the Obama Administration, however the State Department of Commerce Monday sided with environmentalists, saying continued operation of the line poses unacceptable risk to the state’s “natural and socioeconomic environments.”

Public Comment on the regulatory process is being taken by the Public Utilities Commission through November 22nd. To comment google Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and chose Enbridge Line 3 Replacement from the drop down menu under Energy Facilities Permitting.

Meanwhile, a final Environmental Impact Statement on the project is also being prepared, with public comment through October 2nd.