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15 June 2017

Pipeline Pros and Cons

For the week of June 18, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is holding a series of public meetings this month and taking written comments through July 10 seeking input on Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement project. A draft environmental impact statement on the Enbridge proposal was released by the Commerce Department in May. Environmental groups and Native American tribes oppose the project citing concerns about potential oil spills along the pipeline’s route in northern Minnesota. This week, a look at both sides of the pipeline argument.

Guests: Lorraine Little, Director of Community Engagement for Enbridge Energy; Kathryn Hoffman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School

  • Part 1 – 11:22

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    Little discusses the need for a replacement pipeline and how the Line 3 project can benefit Minnesota.

  • Part 2 – 15:14

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    Hoffman argues the pipeline project threatens the environment in two major ways: It is a risk to Minnesota waters and tar sands oil would greatly increase the carbon footprint of the state.

    The Minnesota Department of Commerce is accepting public comments on the Line 3 pipeline until July 10, 2017. More information on the pipeline project can be found at: mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/line3/

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