Is Enbridge Line 3 needed? Key question lands before Minnesota appeals court next week
March 22, 2021
The demand for oil - and thus the need for Enbridge's controversial new pipeline - will take center stage this week before the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
It's at the core of an attempt to overturn the state's blessing of new Line 3, a $3 billion-plus project that is already half built. If the appellants are successful, work on the pipeline could be frozen.
The court battle pits two arms of state government against each other: The Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which approved the pipeline. Commerce, along with pipeline foes, has long argued that oil demand - including from Canada - will fall as the world migrates from fossil fuel. Enbridge didn't properly account for that transition, they say.