Walz’ Decision on Line 3 Draws Sharp Criticism From Pennington County Officials


Governor Tim Walz has decided he will continue the Dayton administration’s appeal of the controversial Enbridge Line 3 pipeline upgrade in northern Minnesota.

Local officials have reacted negatively to the Governor’s announcement this morning to continue the appeal.

The Pennington County Board of Commissioners moved, at their regular meeting this morning in Thief River Falls, to sign a letter detailing the “zero response” elected officials in northern Minnesota have received after repeated attempts to reach the Governor in writing, by phone, and in person.
Pennington County Commissioner Neil Peterson says “Governor Walz’ “One Minnesota” fails northern Minnesota on Line Three”.

Commissioners this morning agreed to affix their signatures to the letter in support. Peterson says he hopes other leaders in northern Minnesota will do the same before its delivery.

Peterson says that “in the first six weeks of this Administration, we now see that pledges are not followed with any real action. We’ve repeatedly asked Gov. Walz to meet with us, as he has done with so many others from the metro area who are opposed to Line 3.”

Peterson goes on to say that the County hasn’t gotten so much as a call back from the Governor’s Office.

He says he “can’t understand why the voices of elected officials who actually represent areas where the pipeline will be replaced can’t find a place at the table while this administration continues to listen to metro (and out of state) activists with no real stake in the project.”


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