Court of Appeals denies motions to delay Line 3 construction

Motions to stay construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project were denied by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

The Red Lake and White Earth Nations filed a joint motion to stay construction, as did Friends of the Headwaters, citing risks of further exacerbating the COVID-19 strain on local health care systems as well as environmental risks.

The court ruled that the environmental risks of prolonging the old Line 3’s life were greater than the installation of the new one, and that Gov. Tim Walz classified construction and utilities as essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re pleased with the decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals, but not surprised,” said Enbridge in a statement.

“The Minnesota PUC review of the Line 3 replacement project was thorough and exhaustive.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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