New Administration Continuing Appeal of Pipeline Approval
Jennifer Lewerenz | Feb 12, 2019 AT 8:13 am
(AP) - Gov. Tim Walz says his administration will continue to appeal regulatory approval of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project in northern Minnesota.
State utility regulators last summer approved Enbridge Energy's plans to build a new $2.6 billion pipeline to replace the aging and corroding Line 3. But, former Gov. Mark Dayton's Department of Commerce appealed that decision. Walz on Tuesday said his administration will continue that effort.
Enbridge Energy hasn't yet received the final approval it needs from the commission before it can begin construction.
Last month , more than 50 people, including scientists from the liberal activist group Science for the People, gathered in the governor's reception room to say the science is clear the Line 3 upgrade will aggravate climate change by facilitating further use of fossil fuels.