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Tuesday - May 22, 2018 4:29 am

Gov. Dayton vetoes bill to bypass regulators on Enbridge Line 3

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FILE PHOTO -- Mark Dayton FILE PHOTO -- Mark Dayton

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Enbridge Energy to bypass the state Public Utilities Commission and proceed with replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Dayton carried through on his veto promise.

The Star Tribune reports the Democratic governor said in a letter to Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt that the bill “pre-empts the long-standing PUC process.”

The commission is scheduled to vote late next month on whether the project is needed, and what route it should take.

Line 3 is opposed by environmental and tribal groups that fear the impact on climate change and pristine waters. GOP lawmakers said the PUC process has taken too long and that the new Line 3 would spur the economy in northern Minnesota.

Associated Press

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