By MIKE HUGHLETT , STAR TRIBUNE
November 12, 2020 – 8:09 PM
Minnesota agencies on Thursday granted environmental permits for Enbridge’s proposed oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, critical approvals needed for construction to begin soon on the controversial $2.6 billion project.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) approved permits dealing with water-quality and wetland issues arising from construction of the 340-mile pipeline. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) granted several permits as well.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still must grant its own environmental permit — but Enbridge expects the OK soon. A union official said Thursday he anticipates Enbridge will begin construction next month.
The new pipeline, a replacement for the company’s deteriorating Line 3, would transport heavy Canadian oil to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis. It has been navigating the Minnesota regulatory process for six years.