Local 49 issued the following statement after presidential candidate Governor Jay Inslee spoke out against the replacement of the Line 3 Pipeline.
Replacing Line 3 is critical not only to the energy infrastructure that supports our economy but to the public’s health. Line 3 is 60 years old and needs to be replaced in order to maintain the highest safety standards and to reduce further maintenance needs that would disrupt local landowners and businesses.
Local 49, our members, and the local community have strongly supported the replacement of Line 3 for years. This project is estimated to create 8,600 jobs for skilled workers throughout the state. Our members and our fellow building trades members are trained to build and maintain energy infrastructure safely, and they take great pride in their work, including the environmental protection of their surroundings.
Jason George, Local 49 Business Manager, issued the following statement:
“It’s unfortunate that presidential politics are getting involved in what should be an infrastructure project that all elected officials should support. Local 49 and its members will continue to advocate for this project until the job is done.”