Regulators revisit environmental review for Line 3 pipeline
Minnesota regulators opened a hearing Friday on an updated environmental review for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across the state, but most testimony focused on broader questions of whether the project even be built.
Environmental and tribal activists urged the Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its earlier approvals and kill the project, saying climate change has reached a crisis stage. But the project’s supporters, including union construction workers, testified it’s time to let Enbridge complete the $2.6 billion project.

Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni, a physician at the University of Minnesota, was first in line for the hearing. She said in an interview that she had waited outside in the cold since 3:30 a.m. with no guarantee that she’d get to talk because she considers climate change to be a health emergency. When she got drawn at random to testify, she asserted that the updated review is “inadequate” because it doesn’t properly address human health risks from a spill or the threat of climate change to human health...   ...more

Ken Notes: I do have concerns about the health and safety of the current line. I also know some that suggest, "let it fail". This is not a good idea, are we really willing to put the environment at risk over an agenda item that we lost in 1960. Maybe it would be better for Enbridge to abandon the project and then environmentalists could demand they spend 3 billion to fix it.



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