Since its construction in the 1960’s, Line 3 has been an integral part of Enbridge’s Mainline System, transporting North American crude oil 1,097 miles from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Today, this pipeline is still an essential component of North America’s pipeline transportation network.
The Line 3 Replacement Project will provide a much-needed update to this critical infrastructure, ensuring that Enbridge continues to transport the crude oil required by refiners in Minnesota, neighboring states, Eastern Canada and the Gulf Coast.
I believe the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should offer a certificate of need for the Line 3 Replacement Project because of the following key benefits:
Provide approximately 1,500 construction jobs in Minnesota;
Increase property tax revenue in each county the project intersects;
Provide a $1.2-billion boost the U.S. economy during design and construction;
Generate approximately $64.1 million in taxes for MN, WI and ND during construction;
Reduce apportionment and continue reliable crude oil delivery.
The people of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin deserve the tremendous economic and energy benefits associated with this critical infrastructure project. Please certify the need for the Line 3 Replacement Project without delay.