"Minnesota Gives Final Green Light To Disputed Oil Pipeline"

"MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted a construction storm water permit for the project, which was the last hurdle that Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge needed to clear after years of reviews and court battles. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the independent Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave their final approvals last week.

“This project has had the most extensive review in Minnesota history,” Gov. Tim Walz told reporters. He said his position all along has been that the state needed to follow the regulatory process, the law and the science.

The company and its supporters welcomed the decision, but opponents have vowed to keep up their fight."

Steve Karnowski reports for the Associated Press November 30, 2020.

Source: AP, 12/01/2020