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Letter: Grateful for the Line 3 project

Even before construction is complete, the economic benefits are already being realized across northern Minnesota.

Letter to the editor FSA

I’m always surprised to hear some of the viewpoints from folks opposed to the Line 3 pipeline project, so I wanted to take some time to address why this project is so important and the incredible benefits we are seeing because of it.

Back under the Obama/Biden Administration, it was determined that the 60-year-old oil pipeline across Northern Minnesota was in poor condition and in dire need of repair.

Since then, the Line 3 replacement project has gone through more than six years of open town halls, public meetings, environmental reviews and permitting. In fact, the Line 3 pipeline project has undergone the most lengthy, extensive environmental impact study in Minnesota’s history.

In December, construction began after a long six years, and to date, the project is more than 60 percent complete. This project will not only protect our environment by repairing the numerous vulnerabilities, but the economic impact will be lasting as well.

Even before construction is complete, the economic benefits are already being realized across northern Minnesota. There are thousands of pipeline workers who are staying in our communities, eating at our restaurants, and shopping at our stores.

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Towns like Crookston are seeing new friendly faces that are helping return our town back to pre-pandemic life. The trickle-down effect is real, and it is being felt in our town and across the Northern part of the state. We are extremely grateful for the Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

Steve Erickson, Crookston City Council member

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