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Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Minneapolis Star Tribune

MN - Army Corps of Engineers Issues Enbridge Permit for $2.6B Pipeline Across Northern Minnesota

The permit is last big hurdle for the construction project, which will be one of largest in recent history for Minnesota.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday issued a construction permit for Enbridge's new pipeline across northern Minnesota, the last major approval needed for the controversial $2.6 billion project.

The Corps decision paves the way for Calgary-based Enbridge to begin building the pipeline as early as next month. It will be one of the largest Minnesota construction projects in recent history and is expected to employ 4,000 workers.

"This decision is based on balancing development with protecting the environment," Col. Karl Jansen, St Paul District commander, said in a statement. "Our decision follows an exhaustive review of the application and the potential impacts associated with the construction of the pipeline within federally protected waters."

The Corps' blessing was expected after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) this month approved related construction permits for the pipeline, a replacement for Enbridge's current Line 3.

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