St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 26, 2017) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement about the organization’s support for strong economic development and job opportunities from the safe energy transportation industry and projects like the Line 3 Replacement:
“Jobs for Minnesotans strongly supports opportunities for economic growth through responsible natural resource development in the state of Minnesota. We currently have an opportunity within the safe energy transportation industry that Minnesotans cannot afford to lose. The Line 3 Replacement Project will have a total economic impact of more than $2 billion, provide a payroll of $167 million for local workers and create 6,500 local jobs over two years, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota Duluth.
“We also support a fair, transparent and timely review process. The regulatory process on the Line 3 Replacement project has been thorough and robust. We urge the Administrative Law Judge to recommend to the Public Utilities Commission that the Line 3 Replacement Project be awarded its certificate of need and route permit expeditiously. Minnesota benefits economically from an extensive pipeline network and it is important that we maintain, repair and, where appropriate, replace these important pieces of infrastructure. We will be voicing these thoughts at each of the 18 hearings scheduled in communities across the state from now until the end of October and we encourage others to join us and raise their voices in solidarity.”
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