Enbridge receives permit timelines from the State of Minnesota
March 1, 2019
Enbridge continues to engage with permitting agencies and the Walz Administration on remaining State permits needed to begin construction on the safety-driven replacement of Line 3 in Minnesota. The schedule presented today to Enbridge by the Administration now includes specific timelines. The Administration has indicated it expects the full review of remaining permits, including stakeholder input, to be completed by this November. Enbridge anticipates that the remaining federal permits will be finalized approximately 30-60 days after that. Based on this permitting scenario, we now expect an in-service date in the second half of 2020.
We now have a firm schedule from the State on the timing of the remaining permits. We support a robust and transparent permitting process that includes opportunity for input from the public, and we will continue to work closely with State officials during this process.
The Line 3 Replacement Project is one of the most studied pipelines in Minnesota’s history. This safety-driven maintenance project means there will continue to be a secure and reliable source of crude oil to area refineries that supply essential fuels like gasoline, diesel and other products used by Minnesotans every day. This $2.6 billion private infrastructure investment will also provide benefits to northern Minnesota communities in the form of thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in local spending, and property tax revenues for years to come that support vital services such as building and maintaining our roads, funding our emergency services and public transit.
We want to thank Minnesotans across the state, including Tribes, unions, local landowners, and the counties and municipalities along the right of way for their continued support.
The $9 billion Line 3 Replacement Project is a critical project that will enhance the safety and reliability of the pipeline. The project has received overwhelming support from stakeholders in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the Certificate of Need and Route Permit in June 2018 and unanimously denied petitions to reconsider the decisions.