The Minnesota Senate has voted to pass a bill that would jumpstart construction of Enbridge's proposed Line 3 replacement project across the northern part of the state.
The House passed the legislation on Monday that says Enbridge can start work on replacing the aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline, but the Senate on Wednesday made a slight amendment to it that the House must agree with before sending it to Governor Mark Dayton who has promised to veto the bill.
The bill would bypass the state's Public Utilities Commission, which is scheduled to make a decision on the pipeline proposal in June.
Enbridge says the old 1,000-mile Line 3 oil pipeline is corroding and is very costly to maintain, requiring the need for a replacement pipeline in order to boost safety and pipeline capacity.
Many against the project have threatened a repeat of the protests that occurred in North Dakota near the Standing Rock reservation that delayed construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline for several months.
Opponents of the proposed replacement project fear the impact on climate change and waterways.