The Line 3 Replacement Project

This project is creating thousands of family-sustaining, mostly local construction jobs, millions of dollars in local spending and additional tax revenue at a time when Northern Minnesota needs it most. Work kicked off on this maintenance- and safety-driven replacement project after final permits were received on Dec. 1, 2020.

Project details
Line 3 in the news
Violent pipeline protests ‘all too common’

July 9, 2021: Opponents ignore the science, the facts, the need and the safety record, writes retired U.S. Army major-general.

‘Line 3 has brought back millions of dollars to the reservations’

June 22, 2021: Indigenous business leaders defend the project, condemn protesters.

‘Blown away by the benefits’

May 18, 2021: “I cannot express our gratitude to this project and its positive impact on our town after a tough year."

Economic benefits
A $2.6B investment in Minnesota
L3R has already created 5,200 jobs, and millions of dollars in local spending and tax revenue.
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Line 3 Replacement Project: Virtual Open House

We invite you to learn about our company and the replacement project that we're building in Minnesota during 2021.

This virtual experience includes information about what communities can expect with construction, as well as our operations post-construction. There are opportunities to reach out and ask questions or provide comment. Take as much time as you like, and come back as often as you wish. We hope you find this virtual experience helpful and informative.
Tribal engagement
Respect, trust and inclusion
Respect for Tribal sovereignty. Tribal monitors on the right-of-way. $180M+ spent on Tribal labor and contractors.
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The regulatory process

The Line 3 Replacement is the most studied pipeline project in Minnesota history.

With 71 public regulatory meetings and more than 3,500 community engagement meetings over 6 years to gather public input and ensure a thorough scientific review, the Line 3 Replacement process met and exceeded Minnesota legal and regulatory requirements. Regulators have repeatedly approved and stood behind their decisions to approve this project.
The construction process
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Pipeline construction: Safety and the environment

Safety, reliability, and environmental protection are built into every Enbridge project.

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The lifecycle of an Enbridge pipeline

With proper design, construction, operation and maintenance, pipelines have a very long life.

Project updates and information
Drilling mud cleanup complete at Willow River HDD site

Jan. 8, 2021: “Enbridge wants to do it the right way. They’re looking at our culture, and how to be respectful to the land and the people”

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