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Minnesota utility regulators pass measures to reapprove the proposed $2.6 billion Enbridge pipeline


February 4, 2020

Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune

PUC commissioners John Tuma, left, Katie Sieben, center, and Valerie Means (not pictured) voted in favor of the revised EIS. Matt Schuerger, right, voted against it.

State utility regulators Monday reapproved a controversial pipeline Enbridge wants to build across northern Minnesota, putting the Canadian company closer to starting the long-delayed project.

First, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted 3-1 to approve a revised environmental review for the pipeline, saying it adequately assessed the effects of an oil spill in the Lake Superior watershed. Then by the same vote, the PUC reapproved the certificate of need and route permit for the proposed 340-mile pipeline, which would replace Enbridge's aging Line 3.


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