The Line 3 Replacement Project is near completion. The multimillion-dollar upgrade will provide safe, reliable, and uninhibited delivery of a critical energy source throughout the United States.
The Line 3 pipeline project experienced six years of the toughest review ever undertaken in Minnesota for a pipeline. Its environmental-impact studying included dozens of public town hall meetings and exhaustive work with Native tribes and local communities along the pipeline route — the most in state history.
The judicial system ruled that due diligence was completed for the project, that it complied with all law, and that intensive measures were implemented to ensure the project can be completed safely.
The administration of Gov. Tim Walz wrote a letter Sept. 1 responding to blatant inaccuracies and half-truths being disseminated by Line 3 opponents, including comments by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The governor and his administration are right. We are all clearly frustrated with rhetoric which has no solid ground. We have reached a boiling point.
Line 3 protesters have been urging President Joe Biden to intervene with a federal environmental impact statement. For what purpose? Another unnecessary study would mean a waste of taxpayer dollars that would only delay the inevitable.
This is a state issue, not a federal one. The facts placed before the court were heard, vetted, investigated, and ruled upon.
To those who oppose this project, let it go. Find another cause that has merit.
Larry Cuffe, Jr.
The writer is mayor of Virginia, Minnesota.
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