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RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII / Minneapolis Star Tribune

MN - Minnesota Environmental Regulators Approve Permits for $2.6B Enbridge Pipeline

Construction could start in December after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources approved the project; Army Corps of Engineers permit expected.

Two Minnesota regulators Thursday granted environmental permits for Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, critical approvals needed for construction to begin soon on the controversial $2.6 billion project.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) approved permits dealing with water quality and wetland issues arising from construction of the 340-mile pipeline. Also, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) granted several Line 3 permits.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still must approve its own environmental permit — one Enbridge has said that it expects to get soon. A union official told the Star Tribune that he expects Enbridge will begin construction next month.

Line 3, which would transport heavy Canadian oil to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis., has been navigating the Minnesota regulatory process for six years. The pipeline would cross 212 streams and affect more than 700 acres of wetlands in Minnesota.

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