St. Paul, Minn. (March 15, 2018) – Jobs for Minnesotans released the following statement in response to today’s Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) ruling that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 3 Replacement Project is adequate.
“The MPUC’s decision to deem the Line 3 Replacement Project’s environmental review adequate is a tremendous achievement for this crucial infrastructure project. The review and analysis were accomplished in a thoughtful and deliberate process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Jobs for Minnesotans is thankful to the state and public for their roles in shaping such a comprehensive and thorough document.
This moment is the culmination of years of work and paves the way for more than $2 billion in total economic impact in Minnesota. It also reinforces the importance of investing in integrity-driven projects that provide long-term returns for our state. Above and beyond creating a pipeline that will serve our safe energy transportation needs well into the future, Minnesota stands to gain an additional $19.5 million per year in property taxes from Enbridge. We anxiously await the MPUC’s summer 2018 decision on the certificate of need and route permit and believe there is strong justification for a similarly positive outcome for this much-needed project.”
About Jobs for Minnesotans
Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit jobsforminnesotans.org, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on Facebook.com/Jobs4MN.
Media Contact: Nancy Norr, Chair