When the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to issue Enbridge a Certificate of Need (CON) for the Line 3 "Replacement" Project on June 28, 2018, it made the permit contingent on a set of conditions the company must fulfill, including the creation of a Landowner Choice Program (LCP, see resource below) to address the need for pipeline removal.

After the company submitted documentation describing its intentions for the LCP and the… Read More


In June, 2018, as Enbridge worked to grease the wheels of their new Line 3 "replacement" project application, the company submitted documents to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) outlining a new program responding to the widespread concerns about the abandonment of the old Line 3. The "Landowner Choice Program" then went through a series of alterations, and was released in its final form on July 16,… Read More

We researched and put together a report on Pipeline Abandonment, and what it actually means to "deactivate" Line 3 in Minnesota. This useful document gives an overview of what we're facing, and provides information on property value, pipeline corrosion, wellhead protection areas, pipeline employment, and more. It also explores what this means for our communities and our future. 

Read this for the facts about pipeline abandonment, and… Read More

When Mayor of Grand Rapids Dale Adams and City Council members Tasha Connelly, Dale Christy, Rick Blake, and Bill Zeige found out that Enbridge wanted to abandon Line 3 in place, they became worred about Grand Rapids' water supply. The old Line 3 runs directly through Grand Rapids' Well Head Protection Area (WHPA). Drawing direction from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and the "potentially significant long term impacts" of… Read More

Enbridge Energy has proposed to shut down and abandon its Line 3 crude oil pipeline, without addressing soil and water contaminattion or removing the pipe. This would pass on an enormous financial liability to landowners along the line, and to our children and grandchildren. The State of Minnesota has no plan to deal with this dangerous situation or to protect landowners from that liability. But community members across the north are coming… Read More


Minnesotans for Pipeline Cleanup are landowners and citizens concerned about the liabilities of abandoning Enbridge’s old Line 3 oil pipeline.


  • Corporate Responsibility - Enbridge should remove and remediate contamination, and prevent liability to landowners.
  • Property Rights - Landowners should have a choice whether to remove or abandon the pipe on their land.… Read More

Dear Governor Dayton,

I am writing to ask you to take action on an urgent issue. I own property along Enbridge Energy’s Mainline pipeline corridor, with an active easement that allows Enbridge to operate its pipelines on my land. Enbridge has proposed to shut down and abandon its Line 3 crude oil pipeline, without addressing soil and water contamination or removing the pipe. I am concerned that the abandonment of Line 3 would pass on… Read More

We, the undersigned, are landowners near the existing Enbridge Mainline pipeline corridor in Northern Minnesota. We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Enbridge’s proposal to abandon its existing Line 3 pipeline in place. If Enbridge shuts down Line 3, we believe they have a legal, financial, and moral responsibility to address any potential liability that the decommissioned pipeline would pose for us as landowners. We call on the… Read More