DNR grants Enbridge Line 3 additional permits

The Minnesota DNR recently made decisions granting the remaining eight of the 10 required permits, licenses and approvals for the proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

Two prior approvals were granted in mid-October.

The permits issued Thursday were:

  • Work in Public Waters Permit for Willow River Bridge
  • Work in Public Waters Permit for Public Water Wetlands on Private Land
  • Water Appropriation Permit for Dust Suppression
  • Water Appropriation Permit for Trench and Construction Dewatering
  • Water Appropriation Permit for Hydrostatic Testing and Horizontal Directional Drilling
  • Utility Crossing License for State Land
  • Utility Crossing License for Public Water
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Taking Permit

Now that the DNR has granted these permits, Line 3 has met the applicable Minnesota environmental regulatory requirements to receive these approvals, according to a release.

“As we did prior to making our Oct. 19 decisions, the DNR conducted a thorough review of these applications, and has determined that these final eight approvals, as conditioned, meet the requirements of state statutes and rules,” said DNR Deputy Commissioner Barb Naramore.

“We carefully considered all comments and other input, as reflected in our decision documents.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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