Appeals Court reverses Line 3 ruling

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the Public Utilities Commission’s ruling on an environmental impact statement for Enbridge’s Line 3.

The panel of judges, according to court opinion documents, ruled that the Final Environmental Impact Statement does not address the potential impact of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed.

The PUC signed off on construction earlier this year for the $2.6 billion project, despite the many environmental groups and tribes fighting the decision in court.

Enbridge, a Canadian energy company, plans to replace the existing Line 3 with a wider diameter pipe, and reroute part of the pipeline from Clearbrook along a more southerly route that does not cross the Leech Lake or Fond Du Lac Reservations.

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