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ST. PAUL — Enbridge must release oil spill predictions for the proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ruled Thursday, Oct. 26. The data Enbridge submitted on the risk of accidental oil spills over seven water crossings was previously granted trade-secret status, and Administrative Law Judge Ann O'Reilly this fall deferred to the commission as to whether it should be public, according to PUC documents.
DULUTH, Minn. — A video game has drawn the fury of the oil industry for its depiction of a user-controlled mythical bird destroying oil infrastructure on its path from the tar sands of Alberta to the Great Lakes. The game's creator, Michigan State University professor Elizabeth LaPensée, says it is meant to raise awareness of the reasons indigenous groups oppose pipelines such as Enbridge's Lines 3 and 5.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — About 150 people will lose their jobs at the Blandin mill in Grand Rapids as owner UPM Paper said Tuesday, Oct. 24, it is closing one of its paper machines. Finland-based UPM said in a news release that it will "permanently close paper machine 5 at UPM Blandin ... reducing the annual capacity by approximately 128,000 tons of coated magazine paper in response to overcapacities in the North American paper market." Grand Rapids Mayor Dale Adams said the closure came as a surprise.
DULUTH, Minn. — In the tug-of-war over the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, Enbridge on Wednesday, Oct. 11, launched its latest pull. The company fired back on the state Department of Commerce's assertion last month that the oil pipeline is not needed, filing rebuttal testimony and hosting a news conference to make its case.
DULUTH, Minn. — The name on the trucks did not go unnoticed by Florida residents. "Minnesota here to help save the day in Miami!" one person texted along with a photo of a line truck with a familiar blue logo. Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light & Power crews have been working for more than a week to help mop up the damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma. As the sun returns to the Sunshine State, so too have the lights returned for millions of people.
DULUTH, Minn. — Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said the company is "not making any assumptions" about Minnesota approving 337 miles of new oil pipeline across the state, though denial of the Line 3 replacement would make it a rare case. "We're not presuming — that's why we're going through the regulatory process," Monaco said Wednesday, Aug. 23, during a meeting with the Duluth News Tribune editorial board. "We believe, and this is why we started construction in Canada, that the line needs to be replaced."
FARGO – An uncooperative landlord has been blamed for the planned closure of the Gander Mountain store here.
DULUTH, Minn. — Politely pouncing on American anxiety over politics and health care, the Canadian government is inviting U.S. residents to work and live in northwestern Ontario. "Currently, there are more available jobs than people living in Northwestern Ontario — an opportunity not to be missed," reads a news release that went out Wednesday, June 28, announcing the launch of MovetoNWOntario.ca, an immigration portal and job-search site supported by the provincial and federal governments.