Through the Line 3 Replacement Project, Enbridge is investing billions of dollars in a major enhancement of our system in Minnesota that will contribute to long-term, stable, and reliable sources of energy for the United States.
Total economic impact:
The project is expected to create more than $2 billion in total economic impact across Minnesota, $1.5 billion of that in Enbridge spending alone.
Significant boost to the U.S. economy during design and construction; local and regional economic boost during construction from the purchase of local products/materials; and use of local hotels, restaurants, and other services.
Long-term property tax revenue:
Enbridge pays more than $30 million in Minnesota property taxes each year; this will increase incrementally by approximately $19.5 million beginning the first full year that the Line 3 Replacement Project is in service.
Enbridge will spend $2.9 billion ($2.6 billion in Minnesota) on the Line 3 Replacement Project in the U.S.
At a local level, communities along the pipeline corridors will enjoy family-sustaining construction and manufacturing jobs, increased retail sales, food and lodging purchases, and equipment and materials purchases during construction.
Construction of the Line 3 Replacement Project will have significant economic benefits to the Minnesota economy. According to an April 2017 impact study conducted by the University of Minnesota-Duluth's Labovitz School of Business and Economics, commissioned by the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, the Line 3 Replacement Project will create 8,600 jobs (6,500 of them local) over a two-year period, including:
Regional economic impacts:
The economic impact of this job creation includes:
The Line 3 Replacement Project will provide almost immediate economic benefits to Minnesota communities near the pipeline route—from restaurants to hotels, retail shops to gas stations, campgrounds to car dealerships.
Enbridge has been operating in Twin Ports and surrounding communities for six decades. Employees have long been part of volunteer groups and generously supported charitable organizations, notably the United Way and local American Red Cross.
Enbridge funds an Ecofootprint Grant Program to support environmental restoration and improvement efforts in the communities crossed by the Line 3 Replacement project. The three-year, $3 million grant program began in 2015 to support a range of environmental projects—from improving water quality to limiting impact on wildlife and migratory birds to fostering education and overall stewardship.
Pipeline expansion projects reduce reliance on crude oil imports from countries that are often unstable or unfriendly to U.S. interests and move North America towards energy security and independence.
Support for Minnesota refineries:
Enbridge supplies 79 percent of the oil refined in Minnesota. Without the proposed expansion projects, shippers will not be able to meet demands supplied by Midwest refineries for secure, reliable crude oil.
Safety is our top priority:
Enbridge has regional operations in offices and facilities throughout northern Minnesota, including Duluth, Clearbrook, Bemidji, Deer River, and Viking.