Walz’s commerce commissioner could become casualty of Line 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Senate's top leader has warned that Republican anger over the Walz administration's opposition to the Line 3 oil pipeline could spill over into a confirmation hearing Friday for Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley.
The Democratic governor's administration is appealing the Public Utilities Commission's latest approval of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 pipeline across northern Minnesota.
The Senate GOP majority last week ousted Walz's labor and industry commissioner in a different dispute.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, of East Gull Lake, did not rule out Wednesday that Kelley might suffer the same fate over Line 3.