Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-09-17 09:22:54 –
NS. Minnesota Pole (AP) — Minnesota Regulators To Pay Over $ 3 Million For Violating State Environmental Law By Drilling Groundwater Aquifers During Construction Of Line 3 Oil Pipeline I ordered Embridge.
While working near Clearbrook last January, Embridge digged deep into the ground and pierced an artesian aquifer, leaking 24 million gallons of groundwater, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
“Embridge’s actions clearly violate state law and also violate public confidence,” said Barb Naramore, Deputy Commissioner of DNR. “That’s why we use all the tools of our authority to deal with the situation.”
It wasn’t until mid-June that DNR discovered any problems after talking to an independent construction monitor who saw water pooling in a pipeline trench near Clearbrook.
The DNR has ordered Embridge to deposit $ 2.7 million in escrow for the restoration and damage of nearby wetlands. Embridge also has to pay $ 300,000 to mitigate lost groundwater and $ 250,000 for long-term wetland monitoring.
Embridge’s 340-mile Line 3 pipeline transports Canadian crude oil across northern Minnesota to its terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline, which is opposed by environmental groups and some Ojibwe, is 90% complete.