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Pipeline Proponents Go On Offense

The Enbridge Line 3 replacement oil pipeline project continues to languish in the labyrinth of the State of Minnesota's regulatory maze. So pipeline proponents have formed an advocacy group called Minnesotans for Line 3. The Brainerd Dispatch caught up with the group's founder, Bob Schoneberger, CEO of United Piping, in Baxter, the first of six stops in Northern Minnesota and North Dakota. "We're just people in support of replacing our country's infrastructure," Schoneberger said, describing what Minnesotans for Line 3 stands for. "Specifically, here we're talking Line 3. We just think that's important, especially when you've got aging infrastructure. It needs to...

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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Bipartisan Effort to Scrap Outdated Environmental Regulation Faces Dayton Veto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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