Court of Appeals to hear arguments on Line 3 this week

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear arguments this week over Enbridge Energy’s new Line 3 pipeline across the state. 

The project is already half-completed, but the appeals court could stop the work.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the pipeline, but the Minnesota Department of Commerce says oil demand will fall as the world moves away from fossil fuel – lessening the need for the pipeline. 

Enbridge says its pipelines in northern Minnesota can’t meet the demands from oil shippers right now and it argues that will continue for a long time.

Over 200 protesters of Line 3 have been arrested so far on various charges, with many pledging solidarity to bring their cases to trial.

Enbridge recently announced a planned two-month hiatus, with work scheduled to resume in June.


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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