Routes from EIS of Line 3 Project

August 18, 2017

Line 3 Pipeline

The Minnesota Department of Commerce released its final Environmental Impact Study on the proposed Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline project. The EIS can be found here.

  • Current routes pass the Fond du Lac and Leech Lake Reservations
  • Current line supplies approximately 52% of demand and will require approximately 4000 excavations over 15 years to maintain.
  • Using existing line will require daily transport of crude oil by 4,000 trucks or train cars through Leech Lake and Fond du Lac.
  • All proposed routes pass through state forests and rivers.
  • Route Alternative 3 bypasses Leech Lake and Fond du Lac Reservations and crosses the Upper Mississippi and Rum Rivers
  • Route Alternative 6 bypasses Leech Lake but crosses various smaller rivers, lakes, and state forests.

A final decision on granting is expected in or around April 2018.