We hear a lot of noise from pipeline opponents about the Line 3 Replacement Project being harmful to our environment. So, I wanted to speak up to clear up some of the misleading information that comes from pipeline protesters and opponents.

First off, if we do nothing to replace the current Line 3 pipeline, we are leaving ourselves open to the possibilities of oil spills. We fix our roads and bridges to ensure they are safe; fixing a pipeline is no different than the other necessary upkeep we do to maintain our infrastructure.

Second, I’ve heard a lot of discussion as to whether this pipeline can be replaced safely. The Line 3 pipeline project has been thoroughly studied and reviewed by agencies at every level and has met or exceeded all necessary requirements and permitting. This project is needed and, overall, beneficial to our state, towns, and environment.

Lastly, pipeline opponents try to say the Line 3 pipeline is equivalent to 50 coal-fired power plants, a statement that is false. Not only does the pipeline not produce or use the oil it is transporting, pipelines are the best way to transport oil with the lowest emissions. If oil is not being transported by pipeline, it will be transported by truck or train, either of which creates significantly more greenhouse-gas emissions. In fact, because of the increased capacity of the new Line 3 pipeline, we will be able to get even more oil off our roads and railways, reducing the emissions used to transport this oil.

All in all, in these days following Earth Day, I want to be sure News Tribune readers have the full picture of the Line 3 project and how it actually benefits, not harms, our environment.

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Dan Kingsley

Hill City, Minnesota

The writer is the former mayor of Hill City.

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