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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

For more information about participating in the permitting of this project, click on the How to Participate tab, or contact the environmental review manager or public advisor listed below.

Project Docket

Docket No PPL-15-137
Project name Line 3 Pipeline Replacement
Applicant Enbridge, LLP
Description Enbridge Energy proposes to replace 337 miles of the Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota. Line 3 originates in Canada, continues through North Dakota, enters Minnesota in Kittson County, and terminates in Superior, Wiscsonsin.
Subjects Environmental policy; Pipelines
Location Aitkin County; Carlton County; Cass County; Clearwater County; Crow Wing County; Hubbard County; Kittson County; Marshall County; Pennington County; Polk County; Red Lake County; Wadena County
Docket created: February 23, 2015
Contacts: Jamie MacAlister, (651) 539-1775, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
07-1-2015
Application accepted
 
04-25-2016
Public meeting
 
Scoping decision
 
Draft EIS available
 
Final EIS available
 
Public hearing
 
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 15-137
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (Enbridge) is proposing the Line 3 Replacement project in order to address safety and integrity issues associated with the existing Line 3 pipeline. The pipeline replacement is proposed to follow existing Line 3 from the Minnesota-North Dakota border to Clearbrook and then follow the same route proposed for the Sandpiper pipeline from Clearbrook to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The Line 3 route is approximately 337 miles long in Minnesota. The project also includes upgrades to existing pump stations at Clearbrook, Donaldson, Plummer, and Viking, and construction of new pump stations at Backus, Cromwell, Palisade, and Two Inlets. The proposed project is located in Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Clearwater, Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, and Carlton counties.

Enbridge's proposed project requires two approvals from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) before it may be constructed - a certificate of need (CN) and a route permit. As part of the process, the Commission has asked the Minnesota Department of Commerce (Commerce), in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project.

Additional information on the CN process can be found on the eDockets website: CN-14-916

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
04/25/16 Meeting Materials for Public Scoping Meetings
Includes handouts, posters, maps, and other materials that will be presented at the public meetings for EIS scoping being held from April 25 to May 11, 2016
06/06/16 Written and Oral Comments on the Scoping EAW and Draft Scoping Decision Document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects
Written and oral comments on the scoping EAW and draft scoping decision document. Includes governmental comments, citizen comments, and applicant comments.
04/11/16 Line 3 Replacement Project Scoping EAW
The Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the Line 3 Replacement Project describes the applicant’s proposed alternative in detail and summarizes significant environmental impacts of the proposed project. All projects requiring an EIS must have an EAW filed with the project’s responsible governmental unit (RGU)
04/11/16 Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) for Line 3 Replacement Project | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) for the Line 3 Replacement Project. The purpose of this document is to identify impacts of the proposed project, alternatives to the proposed project, and impacts of any alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. In addition to identifying impacts and alternatives, this document also provides a proposed outline for the EIS and a tentative schedule for the environmental review process. This DSDD is a companion document to the Scoping EAW
04/11/16 Notice of Availability of Scoping EAW and Draft Scope for Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects and Schedule for EIS Scoping Meetings | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the scoping environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) and the draft scoping decision document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects. Public information and scoping meetings will be held April 25 through May 11, 2016, in multiple Minnesota communities. Comments on the scope of the environmental impact statements that will be prepared for the projects will be accepted through May 26, 2016
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
06/06/16 Written and Oral Comments on the Scoping EAW and Draft Scoping Decision Document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects
Written and oral comments on the scoping EAW and draft scoping decision document. Includes governmental comments, citizen comments, and applicant comments.
04/25/16 Meeting Materials for Public Scoping Meetings
Includes handouts, posters, maps, and other materials that will be presented at the public meetings for EIS scoping being held from April 25 to May 11, 2016
04/11/16 Line 3 Replacement Project Scoping EAW
The Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the Line 3 Replacement Project describes the applicant’s proposed alternative in detail and summarizes significant environmental impacts of the proposed project. All projects requiring an EIS must have an EAW filed with the project’s responsible governmental unit (RGU)
04/11/16 Notice of Availability of Scoping EAW and Draft Scope for Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects and Schedule for EIS Scoping Meetings | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the scoping environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) and the draft scoping decision document for the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects. Public information and scoping meetings will be held April 25 through May 11, 2016, in multiple Minnesota communities. Comments on the scope of the environmental impact statements that will be prepared for the projects will be accepted through May 26, 2016
04/11/16 Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) for Line 3 Replacement Project | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) for the Line 3 Replacement Project. The purpose of this document is to identify impacts of the proposed project, alternatives to the proposed project, and impacts of any alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. In addition to identifying impacts and alternatives, this document also provides a proposed outline for the EIS and a tentative schedule for the environmental review process. This DSDD is a companion document to the Scoping EAW
02/01/16 Commission Order Joining Need and Routing Dockets | document details
Order from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission authorizing the Department of Commerce to prepare a combined environmental impact statement (EIS) for Enbridge's Line 3 certificate of need and route permit applications. The order authorizes the Department to administer the EIS process in consultation with the Commission’s Executive Secretary and requests that the Department submit to the Commission, for its approval, a proposed list of alternative routes or route segments to include in the EIS
10/06/15 Written and Oral Comments on the Scope of the Comparative Environmental Analysis (CEA) for Line 3 Pipeline
Comments received by September 30, 2015
08/24/15 Line 3 Pipeline Public Information and Scoping Meetings_Handouts
The handouts from the Scoping Meetings are available here for your convenience, including comments forms. The comment period is open through September 30, 2015
08/17/15 Notice of Line 3 Pipeline Additional Public Information and Scoping Meetings | document details
The PUC and EERA will conduct a public information and environmental review scoping meeting at the East Lake Community Center south of McGregor, MN, on August 27. Comments will be accepted through September 30, 2015
08/12/15 Commission Order Accepting Route Permit Application of Enbridge for Line 3 Pipeline Project | document details
An order from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commision accepting the application of Enbridge for a pipeline routing permit as substantially complete and authorizing the Department of Commerce to prepare an analysis of alternative route proposals in accordance with Minnesota Rules, Chapter 7852
07/23/15 Notice of Line 3 Pipeline Public Information and Scoping Meetings | document details
The PUC and EERA will conduct public information and environmental review scoping meetings across northern Minnesota on August 11-13 (Hallock, Newfolden, Thief River Falls, Plummer and Gully); August 17-19 (Clearbrook, Bagley and Park Rapids); and August 24-26 (Pine River, McGregor and Carlton). Comments will be accepted through September 30, 2015
05/13/15 Comments and Recommendations on Line 3 Application Acceptance | document details
EERA staff Comments and Recommendations to the Commission on application completeness of Enbridge's Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Route Permit Application
04/23/15 Route Permit Application -- Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project
Enbridge Energy proposes to replace 337 miles of existing Line 3 Pipeline and associated facilities between the Norht Dakota/Minnesota border and the Minnesota/Wisconsin border.

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