Minnesota releases final Environmental Impact Statement on Enbridge's Line 3

Minnesota releases final Environmental Impact Statement on Enbridge's Line 3

Minnesota's Department of Commerce (DoC) has released their Final Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project. 

Enbridge plans to abandon 282 miles (450 km) of Line 3 pipe in the state, replacing it with 340 miles (550 km) of new pipe, with some sections running parallel to the existing line and other sections rerouted around Native American Reservation lands. Once completed, capacity on the line will be restored to 760,000 bbl/day.

 

COURTESY MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 

The DoC looked at the pros and cons of routing alternatives, impacts to Native American tribes, effects on GHG emissions, consequences of an oil spill as well as the risks associated with not building a new pipeline, including continuing to use the old line, switching to rail or truck transport or stopping crude shipments altogether. 

Line 3 is part of Enbridge's Mainline network which supplies 74% of Canadian crude exports into the Midwest region (PADD 2).

A final decision from Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission is expected in the spring of 2018.

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