Minnesota Governor Says He’d Veto Pipeline Replacement
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he would veto a bill
allowing a Canadian energy company to bypass Minnesota regulators and build a
replacement for an aging pipeline.
Dayton said Friday that Enbridge Energy's $7.5 billion Line 3 pipeline
replacement should be vetted by the Public Utilities Commission before it gets
approval to begin construction.
The Republican House amended a jobs and energy bill Thursday to allow Enbridge
to skirt regulators.
The pipeline currently runs 1,097 miles from Alberta, Canada, clips the
northeast corner of North Dakota and traverses northern Minnesota on its way to
Opponents say the proposed Minnesota route is full of forests and waters
susceptible to damage from an oil spill. The area also includes treaty lands and
waters where Ojibwe bands harvest wild rice.