Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meetings were never known for their high drama. They were deliberate, dense and, to most casual observers, kind of boring. Then came Line 3, the Enbridge Energy project to replace an aging oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. Suddenly, lots of Minnesotans wanted to know about the PUC, and wanted the PUC to know them. The Line 3 debate brought waves of boisterous, overflow crowds, protests and press conferences, pushing the PUC's five commissioners to a place they had rarely been before — the public spotlight.