FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2019
MN350 statement on postponement of construction of Line 3 pipeline
Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy announced on Friday that it does not expect to complete construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline until the second half of 2020, a delay of up to a year from previous estimates. Enbridge said it has revised its timeline because decisions by Minnesota state agencies on necessary permits will not be made until November or later.
MN350 is a grassroots climate justice organization that helps to organize the thousands of Minnesotans who oppose the pipeline. Andy Pearson, Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator, responded to Enbridge’s announcement:
“The Line 3 pipeline should not be built — period. Gov. Tim Walz’s administration is acting with integrity in reviewing this pipeline carefully, heeding the voices of thousands of Minnesotans who have spoken out for a fact-based review process.
“Line 3 is a threat to water and Ojibwe treaty rights in Minnesota, and carries a climate change impact equivalent to 50 coal plants. Enbridge’s revised timeline is being hailed as a major setback for the Canadian tar sands oil industry. If so, keeping highly-polluting tar sands oil in the ground is a victory for all of us. Since final approval of this pipeline is far from certain, Enbridge should respect the law and cease any construction or pre-construction activity throughout 2019.”
Andy Pearson, MN350 & MN350 Action
MN350 is a statewide group with 20,000 supporters working to make Minnesota a national leader in a just transition to a clean energy economy. MN350 Action is its political and advocacy arm.