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New round of Line 3 public hearings begins

Another round of statewide public hearings starts Tuesday on the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, with the session in Duluth sure to draw a crowd. There are no hearings scheduled for Carlton County.

The Duluth hearing will take place from  1-4 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the DECC, 350 Harbor Drive. Those wishing to speak are encouraged to show up early to sign up for a spot, as the hearings will end with the last speaker.

This set of hearings could be among the last before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission makes its decision on whether or not to grant the pipeline a certificate of need and route permit.

Protests have already begun over the project as Enbridge continues seeking the state's permission to build 337 miles of pipeline across Minnesota and retire the nearly 50-year-old Line 3 that brings oil from Alberta to the company's terminal in Superior. The new pipeline would take a largely new route across the state, and the old line would be cleaned out and left in the ground in most areas.

The $6.5 billion pipeline would carry 760,000 barrels of oil per day, bringing the line back to its original capacity. Construction has already begun in Wisconsin and Canada.

Public comments will be accepted on the Line 3 replacement through 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22. They can be made at mn.gov/puc/line3/participate/comment. Include docket numbers 14-196 or 15-137 when submitting comments.

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