ST. PAUL, MN – Today, the Minnesota Department of Commerce appealed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s granted certificate of need and pipeline routing permit for the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project. The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton.
“I strongly support my Commerce Department’s appeal of the Public Utilities Commission’s Order.
“Enbridge failed to provide a future demand forecast for its product, which is required by state law. Instead, the company presented its analysis of the future oil supply from Canadian tar sands extractions. It failed to demonstrate that Minnesota needs this pipeline to meet our future oil demand. In fact, most of the product would flow through our state to supply other states and countries.
“I am hopeful that the Court of Appeals will uphold the clear language of Minnesota's law, which intends to ensure that a project with this magnitude of environmental impact upon our state serves the needs of our citizens, rather than the financial interests of foreign corporations and countries."