Line 3 receives key MPCA approvals, remaining DNR permits

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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The Line 3 petroleum pipeline replacement project has received authorizations and approvals from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are an important step towards construction, Enbridge said Thursday. MPCA decisions include the 401 Water Quality Certification, which clears the way for a determination from the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding federal permits. 

The Line 3 project has been designed to minimize impacts to sensitive streams and wetlands, the company said in an afternoon announcement.  

"As the Administrative Law Judge confirmed, Enbridge and the MPCA identified the best and most prudent crossing method for each stream, identified and counted the full acreage of wetlands, and correctly determined best protections for wetlands and waterbodies," Enbridge said.

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