FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Lewis Tours Enbridge Energy’s Clearbrook Facilities, Supports Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2019
Jason Lewis Tours Enbridge Energy’s Clearbrook Facilities, Supports Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project
On Wednesday, former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis toured Enbridge Energy’s Clearbrook interconnecting facilities and once again showed strong support for the Line 3 pipeline replacement project stretching across Minnesota from the North Dakota border to Superior, WI.
“Tina Smith talks about new infrastructure and supporting labor, but if she were for working families she’d cross party lines and join me along with former Rep. Nolan, and Reps. Collin Peterson, Tom Emmer and Jim Hagedorn in supporting this key project for our economy. All she has said is she wants a ‘rigorous process to make sure the project is safe,’ which is code for she doesn’t want to ruffle the feathers of her wealthy environmental backers who are more concerned about global warming in the middle of a harsh Minnesota winter. So once again Smith will attempt to play both sides—not answering specific questions and hoping no one notices. I have never and will never do that.”
Replacing the 50-year-old corroded pipeline, which operates at roughly 50% capacity, with new state of the art 36” pipe is crucial for safely delivering crude oil and energy to Minnesota communities. It also means 8,600 project-related jobs and an estimated $19 million in additional property tax revenue.
The pipeline was expected to go into service in the latter half of 2019 but is now delayed at least a year by Gov. Tim Walz’s inexplicable and irresponsible decision to challenge the Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the $2.6 billion dollar project.
In fact, not only was Line 3’s Environmental Impact Statement process the most extensive in the state’s history before being unanimously approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, but the PUC also voted 5-0 on the pipeline’s “certificate of need.”
Most recently, the PUC just confirmed that in the rare occurrence of a leak, there would be no major impact to our vital assets like Lake Superior.
The project is seen as vital by a number of organizations, including Delta Airlines, International Union of Operating Engineers, Range Association of Municipalities & Schools, Farm Bureau Federation, MN Building & Construction Trades Council, MN Service Station
and Convenience Stores, Duluth Seaway Port Authority and numerous local Chambers of Commerce across Minnesota.
As Jake Reint, spokesperson for Minnesota’s largest refinery at Pine Bend (which delivers the bulk of aviation jet fuel to MSP Airport) said, “We do not take crude by rail or any other means…pipelines are truly essential to our ability to meet the needs of Minnesotans
and others in the Midwest.”