Oil flows through Line 3, but cleanup work remains at site of ruptured aquifer
Breach threatens a rare biodiversity hot spot in Clearwater County
October 5, 2021
CLEARBROOK, MINN. – Oil started flowing through the newly built Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota on Friday, bringing closure to one chapter of the large and bitterly disputed construction project.
Now comes a new one: cleaning up the mess left behind.
Forced by state regulators, Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge has launched a major cleanup effort in Clearwater County to repair the aquifer crews punctured during construction in January. Artesian groundwater has been welling up for more than eight months near this rural community, wasting at least 24 million gallons and threatening to dry out two rare and protected wetland areas nearby called fens.