St. Paul, Minn. (September 29, 2021) – Today, Jobs for Minnesotans celebrates the significant milestone of Enbridge, Inc. announcing the substantial completion of the Line 3 Replacement Project construction. After six years of rigorous and thorough scientific regulatory review and nearly a year of construction, all the benefits from this $4 billion private investment in Minnesota’s infrastructure have been realized. From strengthening environmental protections along the corridor and securing safe energy transportation for our state, to providing an economic boost to greater Minnesota communities and employment to more than 5,000 union construction workers.
“Today is nothing short of a triumph for what we’ve been fighting for all along – a predictable, fair and thorough regulatory process that results in real jobs for Minnesotans and responsible investment in our communities,” said Brian Hanson, board chair of Jobs for Minnesotans.
The Line 3 project was the most studied pipeline project in Minnesota’s history, with input gathered from 71 public comment period meetings and over 3,500 community engagement meetings. Exhaustive scientific review exceeding legal and regulatory requirements resulted in support and project approvals from federal, state, and local agencies, and Native American tribes.
We also congratulate our member labor groups and communities along the right-of-way for making the successful completion of the project possible. The new Minnesota segment of Line 3 will be in operation starting Oct. 1, joins previously constructed replacement segments in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin and restores the full pipeline capacity to meet the energy needs of refineries in the Midwest.
Jobs for Minnesotans and its members commend Enbridge, the dedicated state agency Commissioners and professionals from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioners along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for fulfilling their responsibility to Minnesotans. And, for safely completing a project that was the best option to protect our communities and environment – replacing an aging pipeline on which the state relies.
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 2,300 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: Brian Hanson, Board Chair