Despite Resistance from Leading Democrats, Northern Minnesota Pipeline to Move Forward

The Supreme Court of Minnesota has declined to take up challenges by left-wing groups opposed to replacing the old Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. 

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The Supreme Court of Minnesota has declined to take up challenges by left-wing groups opposed to replacing the old Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. 

The energy company, Enbridge, aims to renovate the 60-year-old existing pipeline in efforts to “maintain high safety standards, reduce future maintenance activities, and create fewer environmental disruptions.”

The court rejected the requests from the opposition, which frees up the project’s construction to move forward. The pipeline would have faced legal and social barriers if the Supreme Court heard the appeals.

Environmentalist groups have done everything at their disposal to try and stop the pipeline from being renovated, including attempts to damage the property and filibusters in court. These Minnesotan groups draw support from Democratic Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, political leaders who spout platitudes hoping to earn more followers.

Despite Elizabeth Warren wanting to “#StopLine3” from being constructed, the pipeline already exists. Bernie Sanders deemed the project “dangerous” ahead of his trip to Minnesota. However, he too did not know that the pipeline has been in operation for 6 decades. 

Line 3 is an essential component of Enbridge’s transportation network to guarantee safe delivery of the crude oil needed by refiners and used by common consumers (that means you and me). The replacement of Line 3 will ensure that Enbridge can efficiently transport the crude oil required by refiners in Minnesota, neighboring states, Eastern Canada and the Gulf Coast.

The renovation of the pipeline will bring in more than $2.6 billion to Minnesota’s energy infrastructure, create 9,000 new jobs, generate $162 million in construction for northern MN’s local economies, raise more than $30 million in property taxes for Minnesota, and dedicate $100 million to Native American-owned businesses. 

There is a growing gap between those living in rural and urban areas of our state. Candidates running for office strive to capitalize off of appeasing urban environmentalists removed from nature instead of acknowledging the environmental and economic benefits of replacing a 60-year old pipeline for northern Minnesotans.

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