Yes. To see the process take a look at our static flowchart.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a report written by the Department of Commerce that addresses potential environmental impacts along the proposed route, route alternatives, and system alternatives for the project. Impacts looked at include: water, land, and native animal impacts; agricultural, business, and human settlement impacts, and a host of other impacts. For more information, see the Department’s website dedicated to the Line 3 EIS.
For comments on the Draft EIS, facilitated by the Department of Commerce, you will be able to submit comments online, email, or via U.S. Mail. For more information, see the Department of Commerce’s website. When the Commission is facilitating a comment period (the next one will be in August of 2017), you’ll be able to find more information in the Participate section of our project page.
Specific prompts depend on the type of comment period that is open. More information can be found in the notice that will be published prior to the comment period. You can also check the Department of Commerce’s website for instructions on the Draft EIS comment period. When the Commission is facilitating a comment period (the next one will be in August of 2017), you’ll be able to find more information in the Participate section of our project page.
The Department of Commerce will consider the comments made on the Draft EIS to further their analysis of the potential impacts of the proposed route and the route alternatives before issues the Final EIS. The Administrative Law Judge, who will conduct the public hearings in August will consider the public comments received during the public hearings and the associated public comment period to inform her official report and recommendations to the Commission. All comments received are considered public information, and will be reviewed and considered by the Commission prior to making a final determination.
You can use the Department of Commerce’s interactive map to find where your property is in relation to the proposed route and route alternatives. You can also call the Department of Commerce at 1-800-657-3794 to speak with someone about the routes. More information about environmental impacts will be available when the Department releases their Draft Environmental Impact Statement in early April.
No. North Dakota Pipeline Company and Enbridge had originally proposed to run the Sandpiper line and Line 3 replacement project within the same pipeline corridor until the Sandpiper applications were withdrawn. However, the two lines are separate and distinct projects with different ownership coming from different sources providing very different kinds of crude oil.
No. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a separate and independent pipeline, and is not related to the Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project.
In their application, Enbridge states the purpose \is to replace the Minnesota portion of the existing Line 3 pipeline in order to: 1) address known integrity risks, 2) reduce apportionment due to decreased transport capacity related to integrity issues, and 3) restore flexibility to the Enbridge Mainline System for more efficient operation.