Army Corps accepting comments on Enbridge Line 3 pipeline permit

Line 3 deliberations at the Minnesota PUC
Ben, a Line 3 pipeline opponent who only wants his first name to be used, hangs from a tripod in the middle of a downtown St. Paul street, just outside the state PUC offices, June 28, 2018.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday it will begin taking comments from the public on permits for the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline project.

Construction of the pipeline will temporarily affect about 1,000 acres of wetlands and permanently affect 10 acres of wetlands, according to a news release from the Army Corps. The pipeline project approved by Minnesota regulators earlier this year requires crossing more than 200 bodies of water, including roughly 100 ditches and three rivers the Corps considers "navigable waters."

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The Army Corps is accepting comments from the public through Jan. 21, 2019.

Permits from the Army Corps are among more than 20 local, state and federal permits Enbridge is trying to secure by early 2019. The company hopes to have the new $2.6 billion pipeline in service by the end of 2019.

Climate change activists, native rights advocates and others have vowed protests throughout the pipeline's route and are trying to challenge the project in court.