I am pleased to see the progress with construction on the Line 3 replacement project that has been underway since early December, 2020 after six long years of waiting.

Construction just passed the fifty percent mark, and now the majority of work on the project will be heading into a planned pause period for two months.

While pipeline opponents are attempting to claim victory due to construction being shut down, that couldn’t be further from the truth. This hiatus has been well thought out to make sure that all environmental standards and protections are met as the snow melts and the ground thaws. The Line 3 decision makers are being conscientious and taking necessary steps to be safe, and should be applauded for that.

This pipeline replacement project has gone through amazingly thorough studies and a rigorous permitting process to get to where we are today. The construction plans for construction from beginning to end all hinge on upholding environmental standards.

Don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes from pipeline protesters spreading misinformation about this project. I, for one, appreciate Enbridge’s commitment to do what it takes to keep our land and workers safe during this project – even if that means stopping progress for two full months to do so.

Chuck Novak

Mayor of Ely

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