St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 8, 2021) – Jobs for Minnesotans released the following statement in response to the decision by the U.S. District Court to deny the motion for a preliminary injunction on the Line 3 Replacement Project’s 404 water permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
“The U.S. District Court decision reinforces the sound scientific record of the Line 3 Replacement Project. This Court, along with the Minnesota Court of Appeals which also denied a stay to the project last week, has determined stopping construction would be too harmful not only to the surrounding environment of the aging pipeline this project replaces, but also to the Minnesota communities along the route corridor experiencing irreplaceable investment, and the 5,000 skilled professionals currently working on the project relying on its employment and health care benefits.
“Jobs for Minnesotans encourages all Minnesotans to accept the agency decisions made time and time again to advance this critical $2.6 billion private investment in the state’s energy transportation infrastructure. We strongly support a safe and respectful work environment for the construction 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