[Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Line 3 would run through a fen. It is less than a mile from the fen.]
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is ordering Enbridge to pay up to $3.3 million in mitigation, restoration and a fine for violating a Line 3 pipeline construction permit.
“Enbridge’s actions are clear violations of state law and also of public trust,” the DNR said in a statement. “This never should have happened, and we are holding the company fully accountable.”
Line 3 workers busted through an aquifer lining in a sensitive ecosystem, leading to a discharge of more than 24 million gallons of water and unknown long-term damage to the environment.
It’s $3.3 million bill to Enbridge is pathetically weak, and doesn’t represent accountability.Continue reading