One of the best things that came from 2020 was the start of construction on the Line 3 Replacement Project. It is now more than 50% completed.

The Range Association of Municipalities and Schools, or RAMS, has long been a supporter of the need to replace the crumbling Line 3 pipeline, and we are glad to see construction underway. Enbridge was a great partner to our state and federal agencies throughout the approval process. The company worked with tribal leaders, held open forums, rerouted the line’s path when requested, and underwent the lengthiest pipeline study in Minnesota’s history. Enbridge took numerous measures to ensure the project is done in a way that not only increases safety for communities along the pipeline route but makes certain work is done in a way that protects our environment.

The project has already put more than 5,000 people to work, and communities across northern Minnesota are seeing the benefits from these pipeline workers. The benefits have been immediate, but the results will be long-lasting.

I am grateful Enbridge stuck with it through this process to replace the more-than-60-years-old pipeline while bringing much-needed relief to communities along the pipeline route.

Charlie Baribeau

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The writer is a Virginia city councilor and chair of the Range Association of Municipalities & Schools, or RAMS.

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