St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 3, 2021) – Jobs for Minnesotans released the following statement in response to yesterday’s Minnesota Court of Appeals decision to deny the motion for a stay of the Line 3 Replacement Project Certificate of Need and Route Permit:
“Jobs for Minnesotans is pleased by the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision to deny the stay of the Line 3 Replacement Project. We thank the appeals commission for determining the harm of a stay would be far too great to more than 5,000 skilled professionals currently working on the project, the northern Minnesota communities along the route trying to survive the disproportionate economic impact of the pandemic, and to the surrounding environment and watersheds of the existing 51-year-old pipeline being replaced.
“These motions for a stay were another attempt to deny science and the lawful six-year regulatory review process of a $2.6 billion private investment in our state’s energy infrastructure. It’s time for all Minnesotans to accept the agency decisions made time and time again to advance this project based on an expansive scientific record.
“More than 5,000 workers now rely on Line 3 for employment and health benefits as construction for the project continues. We urge all of those following this project to support a safe and respectful work environment for these workers and the communities along the corridor.”
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 70,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 6,300 members 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, Board Chair