Minnesota court affirms Enbridge Line 3
June 15, 2021
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed state regulators’ key approvals of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, in a dispute that drew more than 1,000 water protectors opposing the project last week.
A three-judge panel concluded 2-1 that the state’s independent Public Utilities Commission correctly granted Enbridge the certificate of need and route permit that the Canadian-based company needed to begin construction on the 337-mile Minnesota segment of Line 3.
Although Enbridge describes the project as a replacement effort to replace a 1960s-era crude oil pipeline that has deteriorated and can run at only half-capacity, opponents say that the new line in in effect a new pipeline, with a larger circumference designed to carry tar sands oil.