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State Supreme Court asked to step into pipeline battle

The battle over a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline is now at the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Enbridge Energy and state regulators have asked the state’s top court to toss out a recent Appeals Court decision ordering an environmental impact statement for the Sandpiper project, a proposed pipeline to carry North Dakota crude oil to refineries in other states.

If the Supreme Court agrees to review the case, it could mean further uncertainty and delay for the $2.6 billion project that Calgary-based Enbridge hoped to begin building next year. If the high court declines to review the case, the appellate panel’s ruling would stand, along with its mandate for a full-scale environmental impact statement (EIS), which also could delay construction.


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