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Minnesota appeals court affirms state water quality permit for Enbridge's Line 3


August 31, 2021

Jim Mone, Associated Press

File photo from 2018 on work being done at the Minnesota-Wisconsin boarder on the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, file)

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a state water quality and wetland permit for the construction of Enbridge's Line 3, another legal blow to pipeline opponents.

Two Ojibwe bands and three environmental groups had challenged the "401" permit issued in November by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), saying the agency committed legal errors on several fronts.

A three-judge panel of the appellate court disagreed, saying in a ruling Monday: "We conclude that the MPCA's section 401 certification is not affected by legal error and is supported by substantial evidence in the record."


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