ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he would veto a bill allowing a Canadian energy company to bypass Minnesota regulators and build a replacement for an aging pipeline.

Dayton said Friday that Enbridge Energy’s $7.5 billion Line 3 pipeline replacement should be vetted by the Public Utilities Commission before it gets approval to begin construction.

The Republican House amended a jobs and energy bill Thursday to allow Enbridge to skirt regulators.

The pipeline currently runs 1,097 miles from Alberta, Canada, clips the northeast corner of North Dakota and traverses northern Minnesota on its way to Superior, Wisconsin.

Opponents say the proposed Minnesota route is full of forests and waters susceptible to damage from an oil spill. The area also includes treaty lands and waters where Ojibwe bands harvest wild rice.

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Comments (3)
  1. Jeff Mannino says:

    aging = possibly failing.. Let it be known that the House of representatives Republican majority tried to protect the environment by allowing maintenance to take place. While Dayton once again is partisan and an obstructionist.

  2. Jack Hackney says:

    Hear ya Jeff – and in some odd way I dang near will want to clap when it does. Not at the damage that will be done but at the fact the puny minded imbeciles think rail and tanker makes more sense. He!$ – the StarFib just had the thing on all the lousy rail lines that are out there. Imagine the liberals nuts didn’t want to read that so — they didn’t. lol
    Gov Whacky will leave behind a legacy of waste and ruin when 50 years ahead they look back.
    Not unlike the Dayton stores —- all gone bye-bye

  3. God forbid if Canada is allowed to stabilize oil and energy markets — Dayton must think it’s magically not pollution if we get oil from hostile countries in other parts of the world.

    Maybe Governor Dayton should disclose how much electricity, oil and gasoline he uses and wonder why he doesn’t live like the Amish.

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