Enough is enough. I am sick and tired of seeing videos and pictures of pipeline opponents disrupting construction of the Line 3 Replacement Project and forcing emergency responders to spend hours at protest sites rather than serving our communities.
Even more frustrating, these same protesters are now complaining that our local public-safety departments are able to access a fund created by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to cover additional costs (“Pipeline Payments: Law enforcement organizations reimbursed from Enbridge-funded account,” April 28). As part of its permits, Enbridge is required to fund this account to cover additional emergency-response costs. Apparently, protestors would rather have the hard-working taxpayers along the pipeline route left holding the bag for their ridiculous activities.
On one hand, pipeline opponents brag about having more protests and inviting more people so that the police are forced to spend their time and resources at pipeline construction sites. On the other hand, protesters are upset that their activities cost police departments hundreds of thousands of dollars, requiring reimbursements from Enbridge — something opponents like to claim makes police “bought and paid for by Enbridge.”
This proves the system is working as intended. The PUC knew protesters would be out in force, so it created this requirement for Enbridge to reimburse local departments. Without it, local governments would be forced to increase taxes or make cuts to pay for the resources necessary to address the careless, dangerous actions of pipeline protesters — many of whom are from out of town or out of state.
I am grateful these measures have been put into place. I simply needed to set the record straight, as it is clear pipeline opponents will do or say anything, even lie about these situations.
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