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Dayton Vows Veto of Bill Authorizing Enbridge Pipeline

FILE - A bill advancing in the Minnesota Legislature would bypass the state's normal regulatory procedure and approve Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project, but Gov. Dayton says he'd veto the measure. FILE - A bill advancing in the Minnesota Legislature would bypass the state's normal regulatory procedure and approve Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project, but Gov. Dayton says he'd veto the measure. |  Photo: Enbridge

Created: March 28, 2018 03:13 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says he'd veto a bill that would kick start construction of a crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota.

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The years-long review process for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline is nearing its conclusion. The Public Utilities Commission approved the final environmental review of the pipeline replacement earlier this month, meaning the commission could approve the route and construction in June.

But House Republicans say approval of the Calgary, Alberta-based energy company's project hasn't come fast enough. A House committee passed a bill Tuesday night that would authorize construction immediately. It could come up for a final vote in the coming weeks.

Dayton promised on Wednesday that he would veto the legislation. He calls it a politically motivated bill that would trample the state's regulatory process.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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