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Regulators approve environmental review of Enbridge’s oil pipeline

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The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has recently accepted Enbridge’s second revised environmental impact statement for its Line 3 replacement oil pipeline.

"After nearly five years of community engagement, environmental review, regulatory and legal review, it's good to see the Line 3 Replacement Project move forward," said Vern Yu, executive vice-president of liquids pipelines at Enbridge.

"It is a $2.6 billion (€2.35 billion) investment in the state's critical energy infrastructure, but from the start of the project has been about improving safety and reliability for communities and the environment. We now look forward to next steps on the project's remaining permits."

The replacement of Line 3 is the most studied pipeline project in Minnesota’s history. In a statement, Enbridge added that it will continue to work with the state and federal permitting agencies to finalise permits required to start construction of the oil pipeline.

Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement programme is the largest project in the company’s history. The new pipeline will comprise the newest and most advanced pipeline technology, providing much needed incremental capacity to support Canadian crude oil production growth, as well as US and Canadian refinery demand.

The project is expected to fully replace 1,031 miles (1,660km) of Line 3 with new pipeline and associated facilities on either side of the Canada-US border.