Enbridge announced Wednesday the upgrade and expansion of its Line 3 pipeline across Minnesota is complete and will become operational on Friday.
The Canadian-based company’s president and CEO Al Monaco said in a statement that the pipeline “will soon deliver the low-cost and reliable energy that people depend on every day.”
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The project was completed despite stiff opposition from tribes, environmentalists and others that the 542-kilometer pipeline violated treaty rights, would worsen climate change and would risk spills.
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Enbridge said it was necessary to replace and expand a deteriorating pipeline built in the 1960s.
The line starts in Hardisty, Alta. and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.
Enbridge said its completion restores the pipeline’s full capacity of 760,000 barrels per day.
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Opponents have challenged the pipeline’s permits in court to no avail.
They’ve also unsuccessfully sought to convince American President Joe Biden, who canceled a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline soon after taking office, to intervene.
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