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Increased water pumping worries Line 3 pipeline opponents

Opponents of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project are worried about the potential...
Opponents of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project are worried about the potential impact of the company’s plan to temporarily pump as much as 10 times more groundwater out of the construction area than once planned.(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 12:13 PM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Opponents of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project are worried about the potential impact of the company’s plan to temporarily pump as much as 10 times more groundwater out of the construction area than once planned.

Enbridge has encountered more groundwater than anticipated as it digs trenches for the replacement pipeline across northern Minnesota. Earlier this month the company obtained a permit to pump more water.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that tribal leaders worry about the impact on wild rice. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the increased pumping won’t have harmful impacts on natural resources.

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