DNR takes fight against novel Line 3 lawsuit to federal appeals court
A U.S. District Court earlier rejected the DNR's attempt to stop the suit - which names wild rice as a defendant -from proceeding in tribal court
September 15, 2021
Having lost one key federal court decision, state natural resource regulators this week went to a higher court to stop a unique Line 3-related lawsuit from moving forward.
The suit, which names "manoomin" or wild rice as the lead plaintiff, is aimed at forcing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to rescind water permits it made earlier this year for the construction of Enbridge's new oil pipeline across the northern part of the state.
The White Earth Band of Ojibwe filed the suit last month in White Earth Tribal Court in northwestern Minnesota. The DNR then asked for a federal injunction to halt the suit, saying the White Earth court doesn't have jurisdiction over the state.