MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Enbridge missed a deadline set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to clean up a site where an aquifer ruptured during construction of the Line 3 pipeline, officials said of the MRN.
The agency had given the company until Friday to repair damage that caused at least 24 million gallons of groundwater to leak into the artesian aquifer near Clearbrook. Regulators will demand compensation for the extra time it takes to stop the flow of groundwater.
MNR has already ordered Enbridge to pay $ 3.32 million for failing to comply with environmental laws.
Regulators also announced that they are investigating two separate sites where the company may have caused additional damage to groundwater, the Star Tribune reported.
“Enbridge is fully cooperating with the Minnesota DNR to correct the uncontrolled groundwater flows at Clearbrook, and is working with the DNR as two other sites are under assessment,” said company spokeswoman Juli Kellner in an email Saturday.
Line 3 begins in Alberta, Canada, and cuts through a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota on its way to the Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.
Winona LaDuke, who heads Indigenous environmental group Honor the Earth, called the company’s failure to meet the deadline alarming. “If Enbridge cannot meet basic safety requirements, it should not be allowed to operate a pipeline,” she said, adding that “this does not bode well for the future.”
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