On the morning of Feb. 12, Gov. Tim Walz announced he was backing a lawsuit against Line 3, a proposed replacement project for an oil pipeline that carries Canadian crude across northern Minnesota to refineries throughout the Midwest ("Walz continuing Line 3 appeal").
But delaying its construction actually endangers the environment. If Line 3 isn't built, Canadians will still produce that crude and will ship the oil via rail, which is 4.5 times more prone to spills than pipelines. Minnesota safety officials already are expressing concern about the uptick in oil trains passing through our state.
Stalling the project not only hurts the environment. The new Line 3 would add $2 billion to Minnesota's economy and generate more than $330 million in worker wages and $19 million in property taxes.
Debjyoti "DD" Dwivedy
Eden Prairie, Minn.
The writer is secretary of the Minnesota Young Republicans.