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Enbridge Energy's Proposed Line 3 Pipeline Project

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Public Comment Period on Draft EIS

The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Line 3 pipeline project was issued on May 15, 2017. A public comment period on the draft EIS runs through July 10, 2017. Comments on the draft EIS can be submitted by email, mail, or fax.Comments can also be submitted at public meetings that will be held to discuss the draft EIS. More about the draft EIS, the public meetings, and the public comment period can be found in the notice of draft EIS availability.

Format for the Line 3 Draft EIS Public Meetings | Public Meeting Guide | Poster Handouts

DEIS Meetings for Line 3 Pipeline Project
DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday
June 6, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Rice Lake Community Center
13830 Community Loop
Bagley, MN 56621
Tuesday
June 6, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM IRA Civic Center
1401 NW 3rd Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Wednesday
June 7, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Park Rapids High School Cafetorium
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Wednesday
June 7, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Palace Casino Hotel
16599 69th Ave NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Thursday
June 8, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Downtown Fair Building
107 W 7th Ave
Floodwood, MN 55736
Thursday
June 8, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Central Lakes College Classroom E54,
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Friday June 9, 2017 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Maslowski Wellness & Research Center
17 5th Street Southwest
Wadena, MN 56482
Monday
June 12, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Grand Casino Hinckley
777 Lady Luck Drive
Hinckley, MN 55037
Monday
June 12, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM East Lake Community Center
36666 State Hwy 65
McGregor, MN 56718
Tuesday
June 13, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Fond du Lac Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
Tuesday
June 13, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul
11 E. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55101
Wednesday
June 14, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Staples Community Center
425 4th St. NE
Staples, MN 56479
Wednesday
June 14, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Initiative Foundation
405 1st Street Southeast
Little Falls, MN 56345
Thursday
June 15, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Henry's Catering and Banquet Hall
6774 MN-25
Foley, MN 56329
Thursday
June 15, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Phoenix Hotel & Banquet Center
210 MN-23
Milaca, MN 56353
Friday
June 16, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM The Grand Event Center
2025 Rowland Rd
Mora, MN 55051
Tuesday
June 20, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Marshall County Central Schools
310 West Minnesota Avenue
Newfolden, MN 56738
Tuesday
June 20, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Hallock City Hall
163 3rd Street SE
Hallock, MN 56728
Wednesday
June 21, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ralph Engelstad Arena, Imperial Room
525 Brooks Avenue
North Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Wednesday
June 21, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Plummer Senior Citizen Center
185 Minnesota Street
Plummer, MN 56748
Thursday
June 22, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Gully Community Center
120 Main Street
Gully, MN 56646
Thursday
June 22, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sanford Center and George W. Nielson Convention Center
1111 Event Center Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Project Summary

Enbridge Energy (Enbridge) is proposing to construct a new oil pipeline in Minnesota to replace its existing Line 3 pipeline.  Enbridge is proposing that the new pipeline follow the existing Line 3 pipeline from North Dakota to the Clearbrook Terminal in Clearwater County, Minnesota.  From the Clearbrook Terminal eastward, Enbridge proposes that the pipeline be constructed in a new right-of-way, south of the existing Line 3, ending at an existing terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.  Enbridge is proposing that the existing Line 3 pipeline be permanently deactivated and remain in place.

Enbridge states that the purpose of the project is to address pipeline integrity and safety concerns related to the existing Line 3 and to restore the throughput of the line to its original operating capacity of 760,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Enbridge has applied for a certificate of need (CN) and a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) to construct and operate the project.  The Commission has authorized the Department of Commerce, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.   Following completion of the EIS and public hearings, the Commission will make decisions on Enbridge's CN and route permit applications.

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This map depicts the pipeline alternatives being evaluated in the environmental impact statement for the Line 3 project. Users can move to different parts of the map by clicking and dragging the cursor to a new location. Users can zoom in and out using the scroll wheel of their mouse or by clicking on the plus or minus buttons is the viewer toolbox.

The map includes several data layers depicting resources that could be impacted by the project. These data layers can be turned on and off by clicking the box next the data layer name. The data layers extend for 10 miles on either side of an alternative. Some layers are visible at a small map scale (zoomed out). Other map layers are only visible at a large map scale (zoomed in). If you click to view a data layer and do not see the layer depicted, zoom in or out until it appears.

Environmental Review and Permitting Process

Enbridge's proposed Line 3 replacement project requires two approvals from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) - a certificate of need (CN) and a route permit.  Enbridge applied to the Commission for these approvals in April 2015. 

The Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) requires that an environmental impact statement (EIS) be prepared for major governmental actions that have the potential for creating significant environmental impacts.  To fulfill its MEPA responsibilities, the Commission has authorized the preparation of an EIS that addresses Enbridge's CN and route permit applications.  The Commission has authorized Commerce's Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) staff to prepare the EIS, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The EIS will be issued in draft form, a draft EIS, so that it can be improved through public comment.  A final EIS will be developed based on comments received on the draft EIS.

Upon completion of the final EIS, public hearings will be held in the project area. The hearings will be presided over by an administrative law judge (ALJ) from the Office of Administrative Hearings.  The hearings will address Enbridge's CN and route permit applications.  At the public hearings, citizens will have an opportunity to submit comments, present evidence, and ask questions.  After completion of the hearings, the ALJ will submit a report to the Commission with findings of facts, conclusions of law, and recommendations regarding a CN and route permit for the project.  Decisions by the Commission on Enbridge's CN and route permit applications are anticipated in the spring of 2018. Click here for an environmental review and permitting flowchart.

Questions Asked and Answered

During the environmental review and hearing processes for the Line 3 project, the Department of Commerce and other agencies may receive questions from citizens, local governments, and tribes about the project. Twice a month we'll summarize here the questions that we've received and the answers that we've provided. Hopefully, these questions and answers will be helpful to all persons participating in the state's environmental review and hearing processes for the Line 3 project.

If you have a question about the Line 3 project or the state's environmental review and hearing processes for the Line 3 project, please contact us. Scroll down to the "Participate" section on this webpage and you'll find phone and email contacts for Department of Commerce and Commission staff.

  • January 9, 2017. Topics: maps; schedule; viewing testimony
  • January 23, 2017. Topics: SA-04; changes in oil blends; the social cost of carbon
  • February 6, 2017. Topics: decommissioning in-place of existing Line 3; Canadian National Energy Board report
  • February 20, 2017. Topics: U.S. State Department draft supplemental EIS for Line 67
  • April 10, 2017. Topics: Draft EIS issuance date; participating in public hearings
  • May 30, 2017. Topics: Draft EIS at libraries; public meeting format; Draft EIS comments

Participate

Sign up for the project mailing list to receive notices about project milestones and opportunities to participate (meetings, comment periods, etc.).  Contact docketing.puc@state.mn.us, 651-201-2204, or 1-800-657-3782 with the project's docket number(s), your name, mailing address, and email address.  The Line 3 project has two docket numbers.  The docket number for Enbridge's certificate of need application is 14-916.  The docket number for Enbridge's route permit application is 15-137.

To review all documents filed with the Commission regarding the Line 3 project, go to: http://www.mn.gov/puc/, click on “Search Documents, eDockets,” and enter the docket number.  The Line 3 project has two docket numbers.  The docket number for Enbridge's certificate of need application is 14-916.  The docket number for Enbridge's route permit application is 15-137.

To receive an email every time a document is filed with the Commission regarding the Line 3 project, create a subscription with the Commission's electronic docketing system (eDockets).  Go to: https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/subscription/createSubscription.do?method=subscribeNew and follow the instructions. 

If you have questions or need more information please contact:

Minnesota Department of Commerce (Environmental Review)

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Permitting and Commission Process)

Enbridge Energy (Line 3 Project)

All Project Documents - eDockets

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