Here’s another case in point for those who still wonder why rural Minnesotans have largely abandoned the DFL in recent elections.
The Dayton administration’s heavy-handed approach to environmental regulation has already led Enbridge Energy to abandon plans to construct the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline through northern Minnesota. Environmentalists won out over construction labor unions whose members and communities would have benefited from thousands of well-paying jobs and pipeline taxes.
Now state regulators under the direction of scandal-plagued, scandal-ridden Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman have hit the replay button with an Enbridge replacement pipeline that should be a no-brainer.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce said Monday that it will take a few more weeks to conduct the draft environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 replacement oil pipeline.
The draft document, in the works for more than a year, had been tentatively scheduled for public release on April 3, but the state says that won’t happen until at least May 15.
The so-called Line 3 would upgrade environmental protections along the route to the company’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. But Rothman continues to slow-walk a project that was already supposed to be under construction.