SEVERE WX : Winter Storm Warning - Wind Chill Advisory - Blizzard Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now
CLOSINGS: View Closings

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to discuss northern Minnesota pipeline

State officials will continue the converstaion about Engridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 10:54 PM

KIMT NEWS 3 - It's a plan that's caused a lot of back and forth in the state, replacing an aging crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Those who support the replacement say it's necessary. Critics say the line will remain a threat to the environment.

Enbridge Energy is the Canadian-based company behind it.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will have a meeting to discuss the future impacts of the project.

The pipeline runs from Canada, across North Dakota and Minnesota, and ends in Wisconsin.

Even though it doesn't go across Southeastern Minnesota, one activist tells KIMT it will still have an impact on people in the area.

It was back in August 2018 when Kamau Wilkins was a part of a protest in Bemidji, opposing the plan to replace the pipeline by blocking a downtown intersection.

Just last week, he became the chair of the North Star Chapter Sierra Club, a group focused on protecting the environment.

He thinks if Enbridge Energy goes through with their plan, all Minnesotans will be impacted.

"What people really need to understand is that this affects our entire economy of Minnesota," Wilkins said. "It's not something that just affects, oh it's just the northern portion, or it's just a few lakes. It's 211 lakes and bodies of fresh water, so this affects a huge portion of our state."

Wilkins said it's about much more than just the pipeline, it's about getting away from fossil fuels.

"The demand for oil is the problem," Wilkins said.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meets Tuesday morning at 9:30 in St. Paul. There are two big agenda items concerning this project.

The doors open to public at 9:15 a.m.

Be sure to stay with KIMT News 3 for continuing coverage.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
wxIcon
Hi: 6° Lo: -4°
Feels Like: -24°
Albert Lea
Overcast
wxIcon
Hi: 3° Lo: -4°
Feels Like: -22°
Austin
Overcast
wxIcon
Hi: 7° Lo: -2°
Feels Like: -19°
Charles City
Overcast
wxIcon
Hi: 6° Lo: -4°
Feels Like: °
Rochester
Overcast
-1° wxIcon
Hi: 7° Lo: -3°
Feels Like: -26°
Blizzard Warning
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Tracking Saturday's blizzard

Image

Chris and George at the top of the 10

Image

Snow plow drivers prep for snow

Image

Navigating Mayo Clinic Ambulances in the snow

Image

Snow and 18 Wheelers

Image

When to call 911

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 1/17

Image

Tow truck drivers prepare for snow

Image

Weather impacts on public transportation

Image

First at 4 Snow Storm

Community Events