ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Commerce kicks off a public comment period Monday when it releases a draft environmental review for Enbridge Energy’s proposed replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

The $7.5 billion project would replace a pipeline from the 1960s that no longer operates at full capacity. Line 3 begins in Alberta and crosses parts North Dakota and Minnesota on its way to Superior, Wisconsin.

Enbridge plans to spend $2.6 billion on the 337-mile Minnesota section. Enbridge wants to follow the existing Line 3 corridor part of the way but take a more southerly path for the rest.

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Environmental and tribal groups oppose it.

Monday’s release will be followed by a comment period that will include 22 public information meetings along the proposed route.

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Comments (2)
  1. David Engels says:

    First of all ENBRIDGE is not a US company, they are a Canadian Company with hundreds of LLC partners in the US, Second, Maybe you should get off your big comfy downtown butts, and come up her to North Central Minnesota, walk and drive the new route with a digital camera, and see just what rivers and lakes are at jeopardy. There are 66 gallons of crude oil in every barrel of oil, and for the new pipeline to push 700,000 barrels every 24 hours to the terminal in Superior Wisconsin, that oil must be under extreme pressure. The tiniest leak will spew thousands of gallons of oil into the forest, lakes and waterways.

  2. Enbridge has no plans to “replace” Line 3. Please be accurate in your reporting. They plan to leave the aging pipeline in the ground, so it can leak and corrode and continue to contaminate the environment. They have no plan to clean up their mess. They just plan to leave it there to rot after they mess with the beautiful headwaters of great Mississippi. Stop all this madness with these damn pipelines.

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