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.”

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