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Reader's View: Enbridge tax dispute sticks it to rural Minnesota

Tough luck, Carlton County and 12 other affected rural Minnesota counties.

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Enbridge's Line 3 was (and will be) bad enough by enabling the spewing of massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, a gift that will keep on giving. Enjoying the recent runaway heatwave? It’s nothing. Just wait.

Now I read that Enbridge won in Minnesota tax court, meaning that this hugely rich foreign corporation can take back some $3 million in taxes it paid in Carlton County — where I have 44 acres of hunting land (“ Enbridge settlement approaches, ” May 17). Enbridge's “generosity” will likely get worse as its challenges state tax rates on its facilities over two additional years, potentially meaning another $1 million in Carlton County needing to be returned to its “good neighbor” from Canada.

Enbridge has spent a fortune in advertising and handouts for years to ingratiate itself to locals and to shut up others opposing its Line 3 Replacement Project. These egregious lawsuits show Enbridge's true colors: Enbridge giveth with one oily hand and taketh away with its other oily hand — locals be damned. Don't be surprised to see more of Enbridge's “generosity” in court in the future.

I wonder how much my property taxes and those of other county residents will increase to pay back our “good neighbor” Enbridge. I wonder what county infrastructure project or health, environmental, or other service will be cut or decreased because of this.

I suspect Enbridge will make billions from Line 3. You think it could have let this one go. Guess not. Tough luck, Carlton County and 12 other affected rural Minnesota counties.

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This is apparently what happens when you get in bed with the likes of Enbridge for a few temporary jobs, grants, and other fleeting handouts.

Mark Herwig

White Bear Lake, Minnesota


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