The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued the final federal permit needed for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project to go forward.
According to a release, the permit authorizes Enbridge to work within waters protected by the federal government.
St. Paul District commander Col. Karl Jansen said he believes the decision, “is based on sound science and strikes the balance between protecting natural resources and allowing reasonable development.”
“Our decision follows an exhaustive review of the application and the potential impacts associated with the construction of the pipeline within federally protected waters. Our staff worked deliberately and extensively with our federal and state partners, federally recognized Tribes, environmental organizations and the applicant,” said Jansen.
There are only two more steps in the process, a stormwater permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and a final approval from the Public Utilities Commission.