Minnesota vs Minnesota on Enbridge's plans to replace Line 3
Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has rejected the state's environmental assessment on Enbridge's proposed replacement of Line 3.
Minnesota's Commerce Department explored a number of potential scenarios in their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), but made no real conclusion other than saying Line 3 provides no benefit to Minnesota's refineries. The PUC says the EIS was very thorough but needs more information, specifically on routing through ecologically sensitive areas. The Commerce Department has been given 60 days to add more meat to their assessment.
The Line 3 Replacement Project would double volumes on the pipeline, restoring capacity to 760,000 bbl/day. The additional crude volumes are destined for the refineries in the Midwest and Gulf Coast.
A final decision from the PUC is not expected until next April. The replacement project has already been approved in Canada and the state of Wisconsin.