New environmental impact study needed for Line 3

ST. PAUL–The Public Utilities Commission is asking the Minnesota Department of Commerce to “re-do” the environmental impact statement for the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.

State regulators are calling for a report on further environmental review within 60 days.

Youth climate activist Brent Murcia says they want a thorough job evaluating risk of an oil spill in Lake Superior’s watershed.

He hopes it isn’t “just going to be going through the motions of revising this and then rubber-stamping a new permit.”

Nancy Norr with the group Jobs for Minnesotans say they also want a thorough evaluation but expects it will find the risk will be “minimal if not nonexistent.”


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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