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Environmentalists, Indigenous bands will continue to appeal Line 3 decision. The Department of Commerce will not


Protesters chant and raise signs as they march on Duluth's Lakewalk on Sept. 28, 2019, after a rally at Gichi-ode' Akiing in protest of Enbridge Line 3. (Tyler Schank / File / News Tribune)

Environmental groups and Indigenous bands opposed to Enbridge's Line 3 oil pipeline have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that said regulators relied on the correct demand forecast when approving the pipeline.

But the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which had sided with the groups and bands in arguing the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission erred in granting the project its certificate of need because Enbridge did not demonstrate sufficient need to build the pipeline, said it would not be appealing the decision further.

"While the Court of Appeals disagreed with the Department that legal error had occurred, the Court's opinion provided the Department clarity for future certificate of need proceedings," Commerce Department spokesperson Mo Schriner said in a statement. "As such, Commerce is not petitioning the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals' decision on Line 3."


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