St. Paul, Minn. (Dec. 7, 2017) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) determining the Line 3 Replacement Project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) inadequate.
“Jobs for Minnesotans is disappointed with the Minnesota PUC’s decision to deem the Line 3 Replacement Project’s environmental review inadequate. The review and analysis were accomplished in a lengthy, thoughtful and deliberate process involving a wide range of stakeholders, resulting in a comprehensive and thorough document. The Administrative Law Judge and PUC staff recommended that the FEIS be deemed adequate. The PUC’s decision to deem the FEIS inadequate is concerning and ignores the socio-economic benefits to hardworking Northern Minnesotans, delaying putting them to work on this important infrastructure replacement project.
We continue to support Enbridge as they prepare to make the largest private investment in our state – more than $2 billion in total economic impact. Investing in integrity-driven projects like the Line 3 Replacement Project has long-term returns for Minnesota and our residents. 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 stand by our assessment that the Line 3 Replacement Project is in the best public interest.”
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