LETTER: N.D. Public Service Commission does good work
GRAND FORKS — I recently attended the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline public hearing in Grand Forks. I was impressed with the openness and thoroughness of the process.
The members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission asked questions about the safety of the pipeline, environmental concerns, construction, monitoring and disaster response. They discussed in detail the crossing of the Red River.
In addition, the commissioner heard several hours of public comment from individuals and groups, both in favor and opposed to the project. With recent concerns throughout the nation regarding pipeline safety, it was encouraging to hear the commissioners focus on the safety of the proposed pipeline.
As a law student who cares about fairness and order, I was encouraged by seeing the commission in action. As a young adult, I know that the commission’s decisions will have a major impact on my future.
It’s nice to see serious concerns voiced and considered in hearings such as this.
I trust the commissioners to make the right decision to ensure that and my fellow young North Dakotans and I have a state to be proud of.
Many thanks to Commissioner Julie Fedorchak — who heads up the pipeline-siting formula — as well as commissioners Brian Kalk and Randy Christmann for their efforts to make sure the public had a voice in siting this important project.