While pipeline activists have been protesting and delaying construction, no one seems to remember that Line 3 is actually being replaced for environmental reasons!

The old pipeline dates to the 1960s and has been operating at roughly half its capacity because of its age. It requires a great deal of maintenance to operate and now the company that owns it is doing what a company does when something wears out – it’s replacing it.

We can’t flip a switch and magically migrate to solar and wind. Oil and gas will continue to be a major source of energy demand into the near future, so it’s crucial that we maintain necessary infrastructure like pipelines in the meantime. Line 3 will help keep that supply flowing until we are able to transition to alternative forms of energy. And in the process, this pipeline will help protect our lakes and streams.

Laura Mack, Clearbrook, Minn.

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