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Court throws replacement of Enbridge Line 3 into limbo; judges rebuke state agency


File photo of opponents and supporters of Enbridge Line 3 lined up outside a Public Utilities Commission meeting last year when the agency discussed the proposed pipeline. A Minnesota appelate court on Monday reversed an environmental impact statement approved by the PUC on LIne 3.(Staff photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii ORG XMIT: MIN1811191232488441

The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by state utility regulators on the environmental impact statement for Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline, throwing new uncertainty on the controversial project.

The court ruled Monday that the statement was "inadequate because it did not address the potential impact of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed." The decision to omit this issue was "arbitrary and capricious," the Appeals Court ruled.


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