Recently, there have been two big wins for the Line 3 Replacement Project with two courts ruling against pipeline opponents who wanted to halt construction (“Court won't pause Line 3 build,” Feb. 4 and “Federal court won't stop Line 3 work,” Feb. 9).

In early December, construction started, and more than a quarter of the work has been done on this important project.

Despite numerous attempts to delay, stall, or halt construction, this project is being allowed to continue because it passes muster. For the past six years, Enbridge has gone through lengthy reviews and has received more than a dozen necessary permits. Line 3 is the longest-studied pipeline project in our state’s history.

I understand there is controversy by some who think this pipeline is bad for the environment, but the proof is in the studies that that simply is not true. This is actually going to be better for the environment because the current pipeline is nearly 60 years old and could be hazardous due to that length of wear and tear.

I have had many conversations with folks who live and work in Tamarack, and there is one common theme when it comes to the pipeline project: “Let’s get it done.” Thankfully, the courts agree there is no reason to stop construction, and we can continue progress on Line 3.

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J. John Cyrus


The writer is mayor of Tamarack.

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