The US Army Corps of Engineers announced approvals of federal permits for Enbridge's Line 3 project, including the Section 404, Section 10 and Section 408 permits.
"We have now received all federal permits required for replacing Line 3, an essential maintenance project that will better protect Minnesota communities and the environment," said Leo Golden Vice President of Line 3 Execution. "These permits reflect yet another science-based approval for the project, which now moves closer to the start of construction, hopefully before the end of the year. Final state permits and authorizations are still needed before work can begin."
The US Army Corps of Engineers review process was very thorough and included robust public participation, including consultation with 30 participating tribes. One key permitting input was the Tribal Cultural Resource Survey of the entire route of Line 3 which was managed by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The survey was the longest and most extensive of its kind for an energy project.
The replacement of Line 3 is a safety and maintenance focused private investment in Minnesota's energy infrastructure. It is the best option for protecting the environment and communities while meeting the region's energy needs.
The project is poised to provide significant economic benefits for counties, small businesses, Native American communities, and union members – bringing 4,200 family-sustaining, mostly local construction jobs, millions of dollars in local spending and additional tax revenues at a time when Northern Minnesota needs it most.