Minnesota needs the Line 3 Replacement Project and we need you to take action



Line 3 needs to be replaced to keep it operating safely and to ensure the reliable delivery of the energy we all use. We need your support now to ensure the Line 3 Replacement Project moves forward in Minnesota.

A new, modernized pipeline, enhanced with the latest technology and state of the art materials, will provide for continued safe and reliable energy transportation and dramatically reduce future repair activities.

Express your support for Line 3 Replacement Program to the State by submitting a comment through our online tool. Unsure what to write? Check out our reasons to support the program - found below the online comment submission tool.

Please note, comments submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) will be made available to the public via the Commission’s electronic docketing system (eDockets), and that personally identifying information will not be edited or deleted from submissions.

Reasons to support

Need for the pipeline

  • Minnesota relies on Enbridge pipelines to provide crude oil to its two large refineries in the Twin Cities. The existing Line 3 is one of Enbridge’s pipelines that deliver crude oil from Canada to Minnesota, Wisconsin and other North American refineries.
  • While Minnesota hosts two in-state refineries, it produces no crude oil supply of its own. The Enbridge Mainline System IS Minnesota’s connection to the crude oil market. The Enbridge Mainline System is the exclusive pipeline source of crude supply for the Minnesota refineries.
  • Enbridge meets nearly 80 percent of the refining demand in Minnesota – that means that 4 out of the 5 cars in Minnesota parking lots now probably have gasoline in them that came to the state in an Enbridge pipeline.
  • Minnesota’s two in-state refineries cannot meet all Minnesota’s refined product needs. Refined products MUST be imported from outside the state to fully meet the State’s needs. Minnesota relies on Enbridge’s robust pipeline system, in particular, Line 3.
  • Even with Existing Line 3 and other recent expansions of the Enbridge Mainline System, the current Enbridge Mainline System cannot meet total current refinery demand
  • Forecasts indicate that the Project will be fully utilized once in service, providing more adequate, reliable and efficient supplies to refineries, including the Minnesota refineries;
  • By moving to 36” pipe, the Project will transport crude more efficiently and result in significant energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions;
  • As a common carrier pipeline, Enbridge MUST serve Minnesota’s and neighboring states’ refineries fairly.
  • The Line 3 Replacement project will create 8,600 family-sustaining jobs.
  • Opponents often claim that Minnesota’s tourism industry will be harmed if there’s a spill. I’d like to counter that and remind people that without crude oil – there’d be no tourism industry in Minnesota. Think of all of the products that make tourism possible – fuel to experience northern Minnesota, fuel for boats, jet skiis, ATVs; fiberglass for boats, plastics in life jackets, water skiis, fishing and hunting equipment.

Preferred route is best and balanced

  • I am a landowner/business owner/community member on Enbridge’s preferred route and have witnessed many survey crews in my community looking for artifacts and examining our lakes and rivers over the past four years.
  • It is preferable for me to locate pipelines in more rural areas, rather than to site them in the middle of cities and towns.
  • Enbridge has found a route that follows existing utility corridors.
  • Pipelines are everywhere in Minnesota, according to the EQB’s report. I’m familiar with pipeline right of ways in northern Minnesota around Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Cass Lake and Alexandria and believe those areas to be the most beautiful in the state. Pipelines and natural resources have gone hand-in-hand in northern Minnesota ever since the first ones were constructed.
  • Since Line 3 was built in 1968, communities along the right-of-way, such as Bemidji and Grand Rapids, have grown, become more developed, and expanded adjacent to the right-of-way. Replacing Line 3 in these areas would have a disruptive impact on those communities. 
  • The preferred route is not a new route. The preferred route follows existing energy infrastructure, including existing oil and/or gas pipelines, transmission or utility lines, and roads, for more than 80% of the route. In planning the preferred route, Enbridge focused on a balanced approach that took into account sensitive resources, safety, population centers, accessibility, congestion, as well as co-location with existing energy infrastructure. The preferred route underwent extensive engineering and environmental planning to ensure the protection of sensitive resources, strategic placement of permanent valve in accessible locations to ensure safety.

Safety/Best Management Practices

  • I have worked as a vendor/contractor/inspector on past Enbridge practices and can attest to the utmost care for the environment this company takes when building and operating a pipeline.
  • When building a pipeline, safety of people and the environment are the highest priority. Enbridge takes that responsibility very seriously and instills that into its contracts with vendors like mine.
  • I have XX years of experience in pipeline construction and operation and Enbridge is the best in the business about caring for the natural resources around the right of way. I can attest that Enbridge’s Environmental Protection Plan noted in the DEIS reflects the best practices in the industry and effectively minimizes construction-related impacts.
  • I believe replacing aging infrastructure like pipelines is imperative to protecting the environment. Modern-day preventive maintenance and inspection technology make accidents, especially large releases, highly unlikely. In the event of a leak or other incident, Enbridge has robust and tested emergency response equipment, training and expertise to ensure a quick and effective response.
  • Pipelines are the safest way to move crude oil or other liquid products according to PHMSA.
  • Enbridge is an active participant in leak detection research and development programs. Enbridge employs industry leading leak detection programs its systems, and continually invests in technology development so that the company can improve leak detection thresholds in the future.

Environmental Protection

  • I am a Minnesotan and want to see the environment protected like most others.
  • I believe replacing aging infrastructure like pipelines is imperative to protecting the environment.
  • The MPCA has recently released the Mississippi River Watershed report that shows the cleanest waters in the state are in northern Minnesota, basically along Highway 2 from Bemidji to Grand Rapids. That is the exact same location of the Enbridge pipeline right of way. This shows that energy infrastructure and clean waters can co-exist.

Deactivation

  • Leaving the permanently deactivated pipeline in place is the safest option as it reduces the risk of soil stability issues, avoids major construction activities and reduces the potential risk to existing pipelines from heavy equipment.
  • As a landowner, I’d rather have the pipe deactivated in place to avoid further construction on my property.
  • Deactivating a pipeline in‐place is the most commonly‐used industry method to retire a pipeline.

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