“Alberta’s government is very pleased that the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project has cleared the final hurdle of its approval process, allowing construction in the United States to begin. This is a crucial milestone, particularly given the challenges the project has faced.

“Line 3 would not have reached this point without the hard work and perseverance of the men and women at Enbridge. Your commitment to seeing this vital project through is commendable.

“The project’s approval is a win for Alberta – and for North American energy security. Canada and the U.S. have built the world’s strongest, most interdependent and trusted energy trading relationship. Alberta has, and will continue to be, a stable, secure and responsible energy supplier to the U.S. Our relationship is even more important during these uncertain times as our continued energy partnership will be critical to the continent’s post-pandemic recovery.

“With the Canada portion of the pipeline in service since last year, the completion of the U.S. portion of Line 3 is vital to our efforts.

“The $8.2-billion project will provide reliable energy, jobs and economic benefits for Canada and the United States. Replacing this almost 60-year-old pipeline will restore it to its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day, adding about 370,000 barrels per day to Alberta’s current takeaway capacity.

“Pipelines – including Keystone XL and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project – remain integral to protecting and enhancing the value of Alberta’s resources. We will continue to fiercely advocate for their timely completion.”