In August we saw two court decisions come down backing the Line 3 pipeline project. The Minnesota Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from pipeline opposition groups and instead ruled in support of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s permitting decisions. Then, just days later, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s certification and permits on the Line 3 project.

Not only do these two decisions essentially mark the legal end of the road for pipeline protesters, they uphold the Line 3 pipeline replacement as one of the most studied pipeline projects in Minnesota’s history. These court decisions also maintain that all permits and certificates were obtained properly. And these court rulings defend the more than six years of work that has been done to get this pipeline operational.

Every challenge thrown at the Line 3 Replacement Project has been defeated, proving that this project was fully vetted, thoroughly studied, and is proceeding in a safe and legal manner.

Simply put, nothing the pipeline protesters accuse the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the MPCA, or Enbridge of doing nefariously has been correct.

Now, I’m smart enough to know that these pipeline opposition groups will not accept the results, take the hint, and end their charade. But facts are facts; and, once again, the facts show that this is a good and needed project for Minnesota and our region.

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John Klarich


The writer is mayor of Buhl.

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