The Duluth Area Chamber’s Board of Directors fully supports the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. Our board is comprised of twenty-three of our community’s business leaders. These board members represent our 1,100 members. Our support comes after thoroughly reviewing the scope, impact and merit of the proposed project.
This support is also based on our appreciation for Enbridge as a strong local employer and as a good neighbor. Our community is fortunate to have Enbridge employ so many of our friends, neighbors and family members. Enbridge has provided our beloved community this valuable employment for sixty-five years. These Enbridge jobs are living wage, largely union, raise a family kind-of-jobs.
Additionally, Enbridge utilizes many local businesses which provide the company services and products. Enbridge employees buy homes, pay taxes, vote and have children that attend our area schools. These employees patronize local businesses and contribute their time, talent and treasure to countless local initiatives and causes.
We believe Enbridge’s leadership team when they assure us that this project is the safest alternative for replacing the fifty-year-old existing line that operates at approximately fifty-percent capacity and faces increasing maintenance requirements. The proposed, larger diameter pipeline involves the most advanced materials, state-of-the-art technology, and superior construction methods.
I hope you will have our voice heard in support of the replacement project. You will soon have a timely and convenient opportunity to do so. A Line 3 Replacement Project Public Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, located at 350 Harbor Drive.
This public hearing appears to be our last local opportunity to provide public testimony before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decides whether to grant the approval necessary for the project to proceed. I will attend the hearing and speak on behalf of the Chamber’s leadership in support of the project.
Additionally, we can provide written comments, regarding the project, through 4:30 p.m., November 22. Comments can be made at www.mn.gov/puc/line3/participate/comment or sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 651-297-7073, or by postal service to Scott Ek, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 121 Seventh Place E., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101. Our comments must include docket numbers 14-196 or 15-137.
For sixty-five years, Enbridge has been our good neighbor. Let’s do the neighborly thing and stand in solidarity with our friends, neighbors and family members employed by Enbridge.
David Ross, President & CEO