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Complaint says Enbridge's new $2.6 billion pipeline is no longer necessary


October 28, 2020


Enbridge has already built the 14-mile stretch of a pipeline in Wisconsin that would connect to a portion across northern Minnesota that is still in the regulatory process.

A Minnesota Indigenous environmental group told state utility regulators Tuesday that Enbridge has been adding considerable capacity to its existing oil pipelines in recent years, making the company's controversial new $2.6 billion pipeline unnecessary.

Honor the Earth, in a filing, asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to investigate Enbridge's capacity additions, saying the company made no mention of such moves during extensive hearings for the pipeline, a replacement for its deteriorating Line 3.

"It is difficult to see how (the new Line 3) is in the public interest in light of the apparent fact that Enbridge has already achieved (the pipeline's) capacity addition goals through other less impactful means," Honor the Earth said in a PUC filing.


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