PUC Says Enbridge Must Disclose Line 3 Oil Spill Projections
Oil Spill Disclosure Wanted for Enbridge Line 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Regulators say Enbridge Energy must publicly disclose its projections for potential oil spills from its proposed Line 3 replacement pipeline across northern Minnesota.
The data involves the probability of large spills at seven water crossings. Enbridge submitted it to the state Department of Commerce for the project’s environmental impact statement. But Enbridge had the agency redact the data from the public version, citing trade secrets and security reasons.
The Star Tribune reports that the PUC on Thursday agreed with an administrative law judge who determined that the data should be public, saying it’s not likely to cause a security threat. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge is seeking the PUC’s permission to replace the portion of its aging Line 3 pipeline that crosses northern Minnesota.
Environmentalists and tribal groups are fighting the project.