Oil Now Flowing Through Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline
Minnesota — It’s a monumental moment for Enbridge and their Line 3 replacement project as oil began flowing through the new pipeline on Friday. Despite protests and numerous challenges in the court system, the $2.9 billion dollar project that stretches over 1,000 miles from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin is now substantially complete. Barry Simonson, Director of the Line 3 project, says to finish this project on schedule and to do so safely is a significant accomplishment.
Now that the construction process is complete, Simonson says they will turn the pipeline over to operations and begin the process of getting oil out of the old pipeline and filling the new one.
The new 337-mile Minnesota segment of Line 3 restores the full pipeline capacity of 760,000 barrels per day to meet the energy needs of refineries in the Midwest.
In Minnesota, the Line 3 replacement was the most studied pipeline project in state history, with input gathered from 71 public comment regulatory meetings and over 3,500 community engagement meetings. Exhaustive scientific review exceeding legal and regulatory requirements resulted in support and project approvals from federal, state, and local agencies, and Native American tribes.
More than 1,500 Indigenous people worked on replacing Line 3 in the U.S. and Canada. Specifically, in Minnesota, where Native Americans made up seven percent of the Line 3 workforce, over US$300 million went directly to Native-owned contractors, tribal community investments and training and hiring Native individuals. In total, the Company invested CDN$750 million with Indigenous communities, individuals, and businesses.
Listen to the full interview with Barry Simonson below: