In Minnesota, pipelines provide gasoline for our cars and trucks, helps us save and store food, and insulates us from the cold through products like coats, hats, and scarves. Pipelines are also the safest and most efficient way to transfer energy and raw materials for both the community and environment. Pipeline infrastructure is the backbone of Minnesota, and it is critical that Line 3 is replaced and upgraded to continue meeting the energy needs of Minnesotans across the state.
It’s Not Just Minnesotans Who Travel Across Our State
Tourism in Minnesota is growing – it supports over 260,000 jobs and brought in $388 million into our state so people can enjoy adventures all across Minnesota. Can we afford empty gas tanks if Line 3 delays cause gas shortages?
The Line 3 replacement would not only ensure that Minnesotans’ have access to reliable and affordable energy, it would also employ thousands of Minnesotans. According to a study by the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Line 3 Replacement project will create 8,600 jobs – with 76 percent being local. The economic benefits are tremendous, with over $2.1 billion in new investment and over $330 million in new payroll for workers in Minnesota.
What Keeps Minnesotans’ Moving?
In 2017, a record 38,034,341 passengers traveled through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The airport supports 86,900 jobs and generates $15.9 billion in total economic output for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. How many records can we break if jet fuel shortages as a result of Line 3 delays occur?
Not only would Line 3 reduce costs for Minnesota consumers, the replacement project also directly helps fund schools, roads, and hospitals in the community. In addition, there are local communities that rely on tax dollars provided by the pipeline and need the jobs that are created for construction of the project and other related activities.
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It is critical that Line 3 is replaced and upgraded to continue to meet the energy needs for families, seniors, households, motorists, and businesses across the state.
Upgrading Line 3 will provide tremendous economic benefits with over $2.1 billion in new investment and over $330 million in new payroll for workers in Minnesota. Local communities that rely on tax dollars provided by the pipeline to help fund schools, roads, and first responders would also see significant new revenues for construction and related activities. According to a study by the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Line 3 Replacement project will create 8,600 jobs – with 76 percent being local.
Join Minnesotans from across the state as we work together to modernize Minnesota and maintain our energy infrastructure. Send your letter in support of modernizing Minnesota today!
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
121 7th Place East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
RE: Docket # 14-916 and Docket # 15-137
Minnesotans like myself know that Line 3 is critical for not only transporting energy, but also for the well-being of citizens across our state. Line 3 helps keep our fuel costs low for families while providing the most environmentally safe way to transport energy through our state.
We all remember when fuel prices rose in 2008 along with the great recession, causing us to make tough choices – like choosing which bills to pay and being able to afford doing things we once took for granted. We cannot risk going down that road again. As the Department of Commerce stated in their expert testimony, decommissioning Line 3 without a replacement will cause fuel prices to increase once again.
By replacing Line 3, our state will also see an investment in family-supporting jobs. It is estimated that Line 3 will provide jobs for over 6,000 Minnesotans – jobs that will secure Minnesota’s energy future – ensuring our state’s refineries have access to fuel that not only powers our lives, but is the root of all of the things we enjoy on a daily basis – from hockey skates to that warm cozy blanket.
We need a balanced energy policy here in Minnesota that works for everyone. It’s time to speak up regarding the impact energy makes on my life, that is why I support the replacement of Line 3 to better our communities and our environment.