Minneapolis, MN – After unruly protesters made a mockery of proceedings and became belligerent during a public hearing for Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement project in Duluth, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission canceled yesterday’s hearing in St. Cloud. Following this cancellation, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Midwest Director Chris Ventura made the following statement:
“Energy delivery is important to families, businesses, and communities across Minnesota and the nation. Without the ability to simply, safely, and effectively deliver American energy to our homes, prices increase and economic opportunities decline. The hardest hit – those who can least afford to pay more – our senior and neighbors on fixed incomes.
“It is increasingly important that our public officials ensure our communities have an open, honest, fair, and transparent process for everyone to weigh in with opinions about energy projects. It is important that all the facts are honestly conveyed and not just those who want to inject politics and fanfare without offering solutions.
“It is a concern to all CEA members that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission suddenly canceled the public hearings on the Line 3 Pipeline Replacement in St. Cloud. It is critical that all Minnesotans have an opportunity to hear and be heard, and that the Commission hear the perspectives of all Minnesotans – not just those with an obstructive agenda.
“Minnesota’s families and businesses need Line 3. We hope the Commission will move swiftly through this process to ensure they hear the clear support from people across the state.”
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s energy future. With more than 450,000 members nationwide, our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country. We believe energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus it is necessary for all of us to actively engage in the conversation about how we develop our diverse energy resources and energy’s importance to the economy. Learn more at ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org.