For Immediate Release
September 14, 2017
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Energy Builders to MN Dept. of Commerce: What About the Jobs?
Minnesota Department of Commerce Fails to Factor In Economic Benefits of Pipeline Construction.
Saint Paul, MN – Energy Builders, the voice of the energy supply chain, today responded to the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s report on Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline project with a simple question, “What about the jobs?”
“The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s press release on its submission to the PUC does not mention “jobs” or “investment” once,” said Toby Mack, President and CEO of the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance. “That is a stunning omission from an agency whose stated mission is to ‘strengthen the state’s economic future.’”
The Enbridge Line 3 replacement will create 8,600 jobs and represent an investment of more than $2 billion over a 15-county area of Minnesota. That is the conclusion reached by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics in its economic impact analysis. The study found that during a two-year construction phase (2019-2020), the project will:
- Produce an economic impact exceeding $2 billion in Minnesota. Of that amount, $1.5 billion will be contributed by Enbridge.
- Directly and indirectly support 8,600 jobs. They will include 4,200 construction jobs, 2,100 local of them in local communities and 2,100 non-local, support 2,800 retail/hospitality sector jobs and 1,600 local supplier/manufacturer jobs.
- Contribute approximately $334 million in total employee wages and benefits.
- Infuse $162 million for local workers.
- Have a value added impact of $745 million on the region.
“The Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project is a critical infrastructure investment in rural Minnesota that will create thousands of jobs for people in places that desperately need an economic infusion,” said Mack. “The project is safe and environmentally responsible. It will pump millions of dollars into the local economy, boost employment at local small and medium-sized businesses involved in the energy supply chain, and deliver a higher quality of life for Minnesotans in the future.”
Energy Builders is leading a call to action for Minnesotans to support the Line 3 project during the open comment period this fall and will be encouraging its members to attend a series of public hearings. Join the Energy Builders network to receive updates about how you can get involved.
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