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LETTER: Investment for Enbridge, not Minnesota

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 203 N. Henrietta Ave., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

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Enbridge’s CEO, Al Monaco, has expressed dissatisfaction with being reliant on the U.S. crude oil market. The prospect of introducing the filthiest, most expensive and highly subsidized crude oil to a competitive international market—while investors are cashing in their fossil fuel chips—calls into question the Enbridge business acumen.

Shippers’ recent attempts to construct pipelines from Alberta to ports in the east and west have run into significant public opposition, but to the south, Enbridge saw a possible pipeline path of lesser resistance. After all, Enbridge had muscled its Alberta Clipper pipeline expansion though Minnesota’s regulatory bodies just a few years earlier. Now with the exception of Minnesota, approval of most of the Line 3 expansion was just a formality. Enbridge was so confident of Minnesota’s compliance that it has already constructed the 70 percent of the 1,097-mile Line 3 proposal lying outside Minnesota borders. It’s either fair to question the judgment of that preemptive build-out, or alternatively to be very suspicious that regulatory collusion has paved the way.

Keep in mind that the proposed expanded capacity is not for Minnesota. That increase is earmarked for international markets. Likewise the $2.6 billion Line 3 capital cost would be an investment in Enbridge — not Minnesota.

Further, ask the counties straddling Enbridge’s mainline how their tax benefits are working out. How has Enbridge’s overvalued mainline affected the tax revenue counties rely on? For some, overpayments are larger than their annual budgets. How long will it take to repay Enbridge, and will Enbridge seek further mainline devaluation with future drops in oil price?

So despite the “no need” finding of the Department of Commerce, despite Administrative Law Judge O’Reilly’s finding of no justification for this pipeline, despite PUC commissioner Schuerger’s strong case against Line 3, despite 94 percent of public comments opposing this project and despite the clearly established existential threat of climate change, the Minnesota regulatory bodies established to protect both citizens and environment have, one by one, approved permits for this boondoggle. And now, it has come to light that Enbridge has already added capacity in excess of the increase proposed by their Line 3 application, without PUC approval.

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With COVID-19 surging, Aitkin County braces for an infusion of pipeline workers arriving for the kickoff phase of work. The number of workers is expected to grow to more than 4000 during the build-out. At a minimum, this superspreader gathering must be stopped.

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Editor’s note: Both the Hubbard County DFL and Hubbard County Republicans are invited to write columns for the Enterprise’s Opinion page.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.