As originally reported by the associated press, Minnesota regulators have approved the final permit for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota.
This comes on the heels of years of delays, the most recent where community group MN4L3 collected more than 1,400 comments that were submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on December 2nd. At the hearing on Dec 4th, the PUC voted 4-1 to deny the request to delay Line 3 construction.
"This is a historic day for the Line 3 project which will strengthen the safety of the system for years to come," said Vern Yu Enbridge Executive Vice President and President of Liquid Pipelines. "With all of the permits in hand, we can now start construction."
How many jobs?
According to their website, Enbridge indicates that About 8,600 jobs (6,500 of them local) can be expected in Minnesota over a two-year period, including 4,200 union construction jobs, half of which are expected to be filled locally.
Further, A $2 billion boost to the Minnesota economy is expected during design and construction, with $1.5 billion of that in Enbridge spending alone.
The full project benefits can be found on their website.
Where to find work
At present, here is where you can find job opportunities. We'll update this list as new info comes in. (Last updated 2020/12/04).
Minnesotaprojects.enbridge.com - Enbridge hires general contractors who in turn do the hiring for pipeline projects. They will post information on this website when projects approach the construction phase.
Frontier Integrity Solutions - Frontier Integrity Solutions is excited to partner with Enbridge on its Line 3 Replacement project as one of the two Tier 1 Providers for inspections services.
Minnesota union halls (PDF) - The Line 3 Replacement Project will employ union workers. See which based on city location.
Local 49 - International Union of Operating Engineers
MN Pipe Trades - Minnesota Pipe Trades Organization
Minnesota Laborers - Minnesota Labourers Organization
Minnesota Teamsters - Joint Council 32
Enbridge Careers - Find available opportunities directly with Enbridge.
Minnesontans for Line 3 - Community website that includes news, updates, and other relvant project details including job info