Latest Permit Approval Big Boost for Line 3 Project
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (11/18/20)
Minnesota — Enbridge moved not one, but two steps closer last week towards breaking ground on their Line 3 Pipeline replacement in Northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources approved the final 8 eight permits needed on their end and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency awarded the company with the 401 Water Quality Certification as well. Now all they need is permit approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers and one final approval from the MPCA. Enbridge Senior Vice President Mike Fernandez says last week’s approval was a huge boost for the project.
While the Line 3 project has certainly faced opposition amongst environmental groups, Fernandez notes that Enbridge is a standout company when it comes to Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance. He adds that for companies to be successful in today’s marketplace, it’s critical that they be socially and environmentally responsible.
A decision from the US Army Corps of Engineers is expected within the next month. The project will provide significant economic benefits for counties, small businesses, Native American communities, and union members. Line 3 is a shovel-ready, $2.6-billion private investment that will bring 4,200 family-sustaining construction jobs, millions of dollars in local spending and tax revenues at a time when Northern Minnesota needs it most.