CLEARBROOK, MN—The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met Monday at the Minnesota Senate Building in Saint Paul to continue the September meeting that had been postponed following protests. The commissioners reaffirmed their previous 5-0 vote to grant the certificate of need for the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project and rejected a motion brought by pipeline opponents to reconsider the certificate of need, allowing the project to continue through Minnesota's regulatory process.
State Representative Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, issued the following statement regarding today's PUC meeting:
“Today's decision by the PUC to allow the Line 3 replacement project to move forward is great news for all Minnesotans but especially those in our area of the state. We have high regulatory standards in place to protect our environment and this project has passed that bar at every turn. Line 3 will provide a more environmentally safe way to transport oil while also bringing property tax revenue to our local governments and good paying jobs to our region."