Good news this week from the Minnesota Appeals Court which denied a request to stop construction of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project. Despite continued desperate, unsafe and illegal acts to stop this project, construction continues to proceed in strict accordance with detailed environmental safety and protective measures in place for this project.
The project is currently employing over 5,000 individuals across northern Minnesota. Our law enforcement personnel are working around the clock to keep the workers safe. However, there continue to be troubling incidents of illegal entry and criminal tampering with pipeline equipment on the construction site. This criminal activity endangers the perpetrators themselves, as well the construction workers and our law enforcement personnel.
I commend our community for tolerating the presence of outsiders that continue to attempt to disrupt this project. Please ignore their efforts to provoke a response. If you become aware of a situation that appears improper, contact law enforcement and let them handle it.
Our current frigid temperatures highlight the importance of Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program. Assistance is available to income eligible households (both owners and renters) as follows:
The application period is open until May 31 this year and you can find more information and links to apply at the Department of Commerce website.
The state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program continues to build out rural internet service into unserved and underserved areas in Minnesota. The following grants were recently awarded in the Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Aitkin county areas:
I have co-authored bi-partisan legislation that will provide continued support for this important program. More info on this program can be found here.
Please be safe and considerate of others.