​Four prairie mayors, one reeve and the Fat Lady's Bar & Grill weigh in on the Enbridge Line 3 approval

Weyburn mayor Marcel Roy. Image: Facebook/Marcel Roy

Community leaders across the prairies along the Enbridge Line 3 corridor say there is overwhelming support for the company's $7.5-billion Line 3 Replacement Program, which received federal approval on November 29.

This may not come as a big surprise, given the importance of pipeline levies to rural community treasuries, but there's a lot more to the story of their support for Enbridge.

The pipeline, which was commissioned in 1968 and runs from Alberta to Wisconsin, through Saskatchewan and Manitoba, has been operating at reduced rates since 2010, when Enbridge voluntarily reduced pressures to ensure safety and reliability. The Line 3 project will replace the aging pipeline with a new pipeline.

Here's what four Canadian mayors, one reeve and a random business owner had to say about the Line 3 expansion project:

Ken Wiebe, Mayor of Morden, Man. Population: 9,000

“I think this is a great idea. Our city council has talked about it and while nobody likes oil being moved, we all realize that if you want to drive a car and if you want to eat and if you want farmers to keep working and truckers hauling, you need oil.

“We believe the safest and most economical way to move oil is pipes. It's just common sense.

“Enbridge has been really good to work with in our community. They're very willing to provide you with answers to any questions that you ask and [the answers] normally comes pretty quick.”

On the potential benefits of the Line 3 expansion:

“It's ka-ching ka-ching every time these guys come through our community. Our hotels, motels and restaurants, stores and our campground [benefit] when they come through here.”

Bob Wiebe, Reeve of the Municipality of Rhineland, which includes Gretna, Man. along the Line 3 corridor. Population: 5,800. (Not related to Mayor Ken Wiebe)

“This is kind of a non-event here. It's just a replacement of the existing line that's 50 or 60 years old and we think it's better to get a new line that's more carefully monitored. So far, there have been no accidents, but it makes sense to us that they should replace that line.

“For the municipality [Line 3] is a huge assessment piece and a big taxpayer in the municipality, but what the community really appreciates is that they've been a very generous corporate citizen, providing grants to safety for things such as fire trucks and other community projects like sidewalks and pathways. They have a great legacy here in supporting the community and are well received in the community.”

Dave Kreklewich, Mayor of the Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa, Man. Population: 1,500

“We've had tremendous success with Enbridge. They've been a great corporate citizen in our area. So we're happy they got the go-ahead on it.”

On the potential benefits of the Line 3 expansion:

“Number one, with the pipeline going through, we get money from them every year for the municipality. They're also a great contributor to the community by giving money to the fire halls and the arenas and on the cultural side as well.

“Of course, when the work starts, the economic boom for us with the workers here will also be good.”

Marcel Roy, Mayor of Weyburn, Sask., former oil and gas safety professional of 24 years. Population: 12,000

“We're happy they're doing the upgrade to reduce risks to landowners along the way. That's the big thing for us.

"All the rural municipalities around here will also benefit from the spinoffs of this work—retail and everything else.”

Earl Malyon, mayor of the amalgamated rural municipality and village of Glenboro, Man. Population 1,400

“We've always had a good working relationship with Enbridge. They've always kept us in the loop. In fact, we just had a meeting with them last week in Winnipeg. They brought us up to date about what they knew at that time, which was before the announcement.

“We have multiple lines going through our community and we've never had a problem. In everything that they've done, they've been right up front and kept us informed. They've listen to our concerns and addressed them, so we don't have anything bad to say against them and their proposed pipeline.”

Carol MacCallum, owner of Fat Lady's Bar and Grill, and a hotel in Glenavon, Sask. Population: 700

“We have an abundance of oil. And if we can sell it, why not sell it? A pipeline is the easiest way to move oil.

“We have Enbridge boys eating in here every day, pretty much. They're nice men. They're employed in the community. They live in the community. They raise their families here. They're the guys that watch the pipeline to make sure nothing goes wrong.”

Advocacy & Opinion

U.S. & International


Special Report