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Minnesota regulators approve permits for Enbridge pipeline


November 13, 2020

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

Shown is Enbridge's work on the Wisconsin portion of the company's new pipeline. Pollution regulators approved permits for the project on Thursday.

Minnesota agencies on Thursday granted environmental permits for Enbridge's proposed oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, critical approvals needed for construction to begin soon on the controversial $2.6 billion project.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) approved permits dealing with water-quality and wetland issues arising from construction of the 340-mile pipeline. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) granted several permits as well.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still must grant its own environmental permit - but Enbridge expects the OK soon. A union official said Thursday he anticipates Enbridge will begin construction next month.


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