Line 3 Abandonment

Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline ships Tar Sands crude from Alberta to Superior, WI, spanning over 300 miles across Northern Minnesota, crossing the Red Lake, Leech Lake and Fond du Lac reservations and the l855 and l842 treaty areas.  Line 3 was built in l96l and now has significant structural integrity problems.  Enbridge’s latest public estimates indicate over 900 integrity “anomalies” in the pipeline.  Instead of fixing it or removing it, they want simply to abandon the pipeline and build a new one, the Line 3 Replacement, in the Sandpiper corridor.  The State of Minnesota, including the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), has the power and responsibility to regulate pipeline abandonment, but there is currently no process in place.  Because Line 3 is the first major crude oil pipeline to be abandoned in the state, there is a risk that the PUC will avoid their responsibility.  As it stands now, Enbridge receives powers of eminent domain to build its pipelines, but is not required to assume responsibility for them when they die.  They are allowed to leave behind what is likely a superfund site. Tribal members, homeowners, local businesses, and people across the north are standing up to say no, and demand a regulatory process and an insurance requirement.





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