PUC considers future of Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – State regulators will consider the future of the controversial Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline at a meeting Monday.

Last month, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission formally approved a request by Enbridge Energy to replace a major oil pipeline capable of moving 800,000 barrels a day. The pipeline covers more than a thousand miles from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin.

At the meeting Monday, those who oppose the plane will have a chance to ask to the commission to change its mind.

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Enbridge says the new pipeline is needed because the old one, built in the 1960s, is increasingly in danger of corroding or cracking. The replacement project calls for more than 300 miles of new line that would take a different path through northern Minnesota.

Opponents fear replacing the aging pipeline would threaten the environment and natural resources. They are concerned about oil spills near the Mississippi River headwaters, where Native Americans harvest wild rice.

The PUC will discuss Monday whether it will accept petitions for reconsideration.

Those who oppose the plan may ask the Minnesota Court of Appeals to overturn the decision.

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