St. Paul, Minn. (April 9, 2019) – Jobs for Minnesotans released the following statement in response to Governor Walz’ decision to file the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s appeal of the Line 3 Replacement Project’s Certificate of Need. This decision follows the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s hearing upholding the Certificate of Need late last month:
“Jobs for Minnesotans is disappointed by Governor Walz’s decision to continue the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s appeal of the Line 3 Replacement Project’s Certificate of Need. We firmly stand behind the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s (MPUC) unanimous approval of the Line 3 Replacement Project Certificate of Need, which was just upheld by the MPUC for the second time in the best interest of the state of Minnesota.
“At this point, we are deeply concerned about further delays to this extremely important project, when there is urgency to replace this line to protect the environment and surrounding communities. We strongly encourage Governor Walz to issue permits in a timely manner to prevent delays to the project while this appeal continues through the courts.”
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