Line 3 Replacement Project

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Public participation

Construction of a pipeline starts with open and frank discussions within the community. Enbridge is, and always will be, committed to a meaningful and productive dialogue throughout the development, construction, and operation of the Project.

The Line 3 public outreach plan has provided a variety of ways for all interested parties to obtain information about, and provide input regarding, the project. As part of this process, Enbridge has identified and reached out to:

  • landowners likely to be affected by the Project;
  • elected and public officials at all levels of government (federal to township);
  • emergency responders;
  • business and environmental groups;
  • community groups;
  • other interested parties, and;
  • the general public.

With more than 65 public meetings across the state of Minnesota from 2015 through 2017, including 15 on Tribal reservations/facilities, drawing an overall attendance of nearly 9,000 people, the process has been inclusive and transparent.

That schedule included:

  • Aug. 2015: 15 public meetings (Hallock, Newfolden, Thief River Falls, Plummer, Gully, Clearbrook, Bagley, Park Rapids, Pine River, McGregor, Carlton, McGregor/East Lake)
  • April-May 2016: 12 public meetings (Hinckley, Little Falls, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Carlton, St. Paul, Bagley/Rice Lake, McGregor/East Lake)
  • June 2017: 22 public meetings (Bagley, Grand Rapids, Park Rapids, Cass Lake, Floodwood, Brainerd, Wadena, Hinckley, McGregor, Cloquet, St. Paul, Staples, Little Falls, Foley, Milaca, Mora, Newfolden, Hallock, Thief River Falls, Plummer, Gully, Bemidji)
  • Sept. and Oct. 2017: 16 public meetings (Thief River Falls, St. Paul, Grand Rapids, McGregor, Hinckley, Bemidji, Duluth, Cross Lake)

In 2018, there were 10 additional public appearances before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in St. Paul, with overall attendance of more than 1,500.