On Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, Enbridge hosted a Line 3 Replacement Program (L3RP) construction right-of-way tour for a number of federal, provincial, and municipal leaders, including Premier Rachel Notley. Notley, Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Kent Hehr, federal Minister of Veterans Affairs were on hand for the tour near Hardisty, AB.
Enbridge announced the launch of construction in Canada on Aug. 3 and it is now underway in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Wisconsin. L3RP represents the largest capital project in Enbridge history and has benefited from the most extensive engagement program ever undertaken by the company. Enbridge is committed to early and meaningful engagement and since the project first launched in 2014, the company has sought input from landowners and tenants, Indigenous communities and groups and the public. The input received from thousands of in-person meetings, open houses, presentations, workshops and trade shows resulted in hundreds of modifications to the project. This open and meaningful exchange of ideas allowed Enbridge to strengthen the relationships the company has built during its 60-plus years of operating this pipeline, and build new ones.
"The Line 3 project replaces a critical piece of energy infrastructure that provides safe, reliable, and cost-effective supply of energy for North Americans. We're very proud of the extensive and supportive engagement with communities and indigenous groups along the right of way," said Al Monaco, Enbridge president and CEO. "We focused on early and collaborative discussions, listened to input, and made changes to address people's concerns while ensuring that communities and our indigenous partners benefit through jobs and procurement opportunities. The engagement we've had with communities has made this project even better."
Enbridge has negotiated agreements with approximately 70 Indigenous communities or groups and executed agreements with 100% of the right-of-way landowners, as well as gaining the support of the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations (CAEPLA).
"This is an exciting day for Albertans and all Canadians. As we formally celebrate the start of construction on the Line 3 replacement pipeline, I want to thank Enbridge and the federal government for all the work that has brought us to this momentous day," said Notley. "Line 3 is about good jobs, growing Alberta's - and Canada's - economy and ensuring we have safe, modern infrastructure to transport our energy resources to market while protecting the environment."
The L3RP involves the replacement of 1,660 kilometers of existing pipe with modern pipe materials utilizing modern construction methods—resulting in restoration of one of Enbridge's primary pipelines along its Mainline crude oil system.
Spanning from Hardisty, Alberta to Gretna, Manitoba, the $5.3-billion Canadian portion of the L3RP enhances safety, creates thousands of jobs, generates hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue, and contributes billions to the GDP of Canada via direct, indirect, and induced benefits.
"We are proud that the resources that flow through Line 3 come from the most responsible, forward-looking energy jurisdiction in North America - and arguably the world," Notley stated. "This project is another significant step in making life better for Albertans and building a strong, sustainable future for everyone in this great country."