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Counties Warn Pipeline Protests Could Cost Taxpayers

Construction on the Enbridge 3 replacement oil pipeline should start this year, once state regulators get out of the way and give final approval. The vital project will generate hundreds of well-paying construction jobs and millions of tax dollars for Minnesota communities lucky enough to be located along the pipeline. But local governments are also bracing for a less welcome influx that may come with the pipeline--professional protesters. Law enforcement officials got a potential preview of what's to come from the Dakota Access Pipeline fiasco a couple years ago, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The prospect of protests in Minnesota along the Enbridge...

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Bipartisan Effort to Scrap Outdated Environmental Regulation Faces Dayton Veto

After nearly eight years in office, Gov. Dayton still doesn't get it. He's threatening to veto a bill that's sailing through the legislature with bipartisan support to scrap an unenforceable, unpopular, wildly expensive water quality standard on the books since the 1970s for northern northern waters with wild rice. The Mesabi Daily News picked up on Dayton's attempt to pressure lawmakers who are doing the sensible thing in attempting to put the issue to rest once and for all. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for modifications to a wild rice sulfate standard bill that is awaiting its time in conference committee....

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Good News! Interior Department Reinstates Leases for Twin Metals Minnesota Mine Project

The Star Tribune reports the U.S. Department of the Interior reinstated the Twin Metals Minnesota mineral leases from 2004 and its application for new leases. The measures reverse last-minute regulations imposed by the Obama administration after President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election....

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