Your letters – June 8 edition – Minnesota News

Your letters – June 8 edition – Minnesota News

The existing line three pipeline will require extensive maintenance and repairs along the entire pipeline in Minnesota. As a result, replacing the 1960s-vintage pipe means we’re maintaining our high safety standards, reducing future maintenance activities and creating fewer disruptions for our landowners and the environment, while restoring its original carrying capability of 760,000 barrels per day (bpd).

In planning the preferred route, Enbridge focused on a balanced approach that took into account impacts to both people and the environment. Extensive engineering and environmental planning was conducted to ensure protection of sensitive resources, maximize co-location, and apply safety considerations, including the strategic placement of permanent, accessible valve locations. The outcome is the preferred route which largely results in temporary and minor impacts, follows existing energy infrastructure for more than 80 percent of the route and has received strong landowner and county support with 95 percent of the needed private lands acquired to date.

Since we first proposed to replace Line 3 in 2015, there have been 27 public meetings and numerous public comment periods. Additionally, Enbridge has held more than 1,300 meetings in communities along the right of way over the past four years. The prompt replacement of line three makes sense, but it also requires your input.

The public input from these meetings and written comments will help inform preparation of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the project.

The public information meeting in Wadena will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 9,…

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