A public hearing on Enbridge's proposed Line 3 is set for Thursday in Duluth.

Members of the public can present comments in front of an administrative law judge from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview, 505 W. Superior St.

The public comment period comes after the Minnesota Department of Commerce released a supplement to the proposed $2.9 billion pipeline project's environmental impact statement that said an oil spill along the proposed Enbridge Line 3 replacement line would have minimal impacts on Spirit Lake and the Lake Superior watershed.

The supplemental study was required after a Minnesota appellate court said the company's proposal was inadequate without it.

Enbridge's proposed pipeline would carry 760,000 barrels of oil (31,920,000 gallons) per day from Alberta, Canada to the Enbridge terminal in Superior. The pipeline would replace Enbridge's existing 50-year-old Line 3, but follow a new route through much of Minnesota.

Written comments can also be accepted through Jan. 16 at mn.gov/puc, emailed to publicadvisor.puc@state.mn.us, or mailed to Public Advisor, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 121 Seventh Place E., St. Paul, MN 55101.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission released the following rules for Thursday's meeting:

  • No food is allowed in the meeting room.

  • No beverages without lids are allowed in the meeting room.

  • No briefcases, backpacks, duffel bags, or other bags are allowed in the meeting room with the exception of staff or official parties. Purses may be subject to search.

  • No masks are allowed in the meeting room.

  • No weapons are allowed in the meeting room.

  • No signs, banners or other objects for display of any size are allowed in the meeting room.

  • No musical instruments, noisemakers, radios, recordings or voice amplification tools may be brought into the meeting room.

  • Each attendee must be seated in a chair and quiet during the hearing to avoid interfering with the ability of other attendees to see and hear the proceedings.

  • Pictures without flash cameras may be taken, and video recording is allowed if it does not interfere with the ability of attendees to see and hear the proceedings.

  • Pagers or cellphones in the meeting room must be turned to silent.