ACTION ALERT! Ask the MPCA to move the Line 3 Replacement Project forward.

Mar 31 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting public comments on the draft water quality certification for the Line 3 Replacement Project through April 10. Please show your support in one of two ways.


Our team will follow up with you by phone ahead of time with more info. Please RSVP for the call you plan to join.  

The call-in number is 855-731-4613 for all three meetings.

  • The MPCA has posted meeting guidelines on their website; click here to read in their entirety. The public can call into the telephone town hall, share a two-minute comment and/or listen to other public comments. All comments will be included in the official record and considered when MPCA makes permitting decisions.


LIUNA asks that members submit online comments on the Line 3 Draft 401 Water Quality Certification. Access the comment form by clicking here. All submitted comments should explain the following:

  • Why you care about the project or the permit;
  • What action you want the MPCA to take, such as approving the permit or including specific requirements; and

  • Specific reasons supporting your position, with as much detail as possible.


Follow these tips to prepare your 2-minute verbal comment, or to write your online comment.

  1. Be relatable in your introduction and state your support. For example:

    • “My name is (give your name). I live in (city you live in) and I have been a Laborer for (x) years.”

    • “I’m offering my comment in support of moving the Line 3 Replacement Project forward in the permitting process.”

  2. Share your personal reason for supporting the project and provide related facts or data that support your reason. For example: 

    • “As a construction worker who lives in Northern Minnesota, I want the chance to help build a project that will put food on the table for me and my family while protecting the environment the project will create 8,600 good jobs and give an economic boost to our area.”

    • “My family has lived in Northern Minnesota for ___ generations. We care about protecting our lakes, streams, and wetlands and think replacing Line 3 is the best, safest way to do it."

    • “I have worked on road and water projects in this area, and Line 3 Replacement is no different. Our members have experience working around streams and wetlands, and we get specific training on erosion control, saturated soils, you name it. We have the experience and training to do it right the first time.” 

    • “MPCA needs to consider that this project will be built by the best-trained workforce in the country. Our training center uses instructors and curriculum that are certified by the American National Standards Institute, and new pipeliners are required to get hands-on Pipeline Technology training before they are allowed to work on a project. I have personally taken ________ course that will help me do the job right.”

    • “MPCA should consider the fact that maintenance on existing Line 3 could have a bigger environmental impact than replacement. If we don’t replace Line 3, it will take thousands of integrity digs to keep the line operating safely. I’ve worked on integrity digs and they have the same impact as new construction but there’s a lot more of them and they’re harder to plan for.

  3. Ask the agency to move the project forward. For example:

    • “I ask that the MPCA approve remaining permits as soon as possible so we can get to work replacing a deteriorating line with a safer pipeline.”

  4. Close by thanking the MPCA. For example:

    • “Thanks for the chance to comment and for the hard work MPCA staff have done.” 

Supporting Facts on Water Quality Impacts/Minimization

  • The Line 3 Replacement Project has been designed and modified to avoid and minimize impacts on aquatic resources, including wetlands and water bodies, where possible.

  • Unavoidable impacts will be minimized by the reduction of construction workspace, utilization of best management practices, and compensatory mitigation.

  • Enbridge will install the pipeline using methods that best minimize impacts on wetlands and water bodies, as determined by field-collected data, the season, saturation or water levels, and stability of soils, among other factors.

  • Enbridge has developed multiple plans and procedures, including an Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) that details best management practices and mitigation measures to be used during construction to minimize construction-related impacts

  • Examples of best practices identified in the EPP include clearing construction workspace using low-pressure equipment, using timber mats to limit wetland disturbance, installing erosion control devices, minimizing in-stream work activities and identifying additional temporary workspace outside of wetlands to the extent possible.