ENBRIDGE LINE 3 UPDATE: MNDNR AND MPCA GRANT PERMITS AND CERTIFICATIONS

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) announced that the Department made the decision to grant an additional eight permits, licenses, and approvals for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project. The MNDNR considered applicable state laws, all input received, and the administrative record. Their decision means that the project meets the applicable State of Minnesota environmental regulatory requirements to receive these approvals.

This announcement follows the DNR’s granting of two additional permits on October 19, 2020. Click here for details on the ten permits granted by the Department of Natural Resources.

Along with the news from the DNR, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced the agency’s issuance of the 401-water quality certification for the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. In addition, the MPCA approved the capped air emissions and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wastewater (NPDES) permit for Line 3. The agency states, “The result is a certification and permits that are strong, enforceable, and protective.” Click here for more information on the certification.

These newly awarded permits and certifications provide the US Army Corps what they will need to issue their permits which we hope will be granted in the coming weeks. Following the permitting process, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) should be issuing its authorization to begin construction on Line 3 later this Fall.