Second court says Enbridge can continue construction of $2.6B pipeline in Minnesota

Enbridge wins new round in legal clash over project


February 9, 2021

Pictured are laborers working on the Wisconsin portion of the Enbridge replacement for Line 3. Construction is now underway on the Minnesota portion as well. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune)

A federal appellate court judge has denied a motion to stop construction of Enbridge's controversial Line 3 replacement, the second court ruling against pipeline opponents in the past week.

Two Minnesota Ojibwe bands and two environmental groups in December sued the Army Corps in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asking for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of the 340-mile oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly Sunday denied a preliminary injunction, saying plaintiffs failed to show they would likely succeed on the merits of their case or that they will suffer "irreparable harm" if construction continues.


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