MN Court of Appeals Upholds PUC Decision on Enbridge Line 3 Project
Minnesota — Less than a week after dealing with hundreds of protestors at the Two Inlets Pumping Station near Park Rapids, challengers of the Line 3 pipeline project were dealt a big blow and Enbridge a big win. The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decision on the Certificate of Need. Paul Eberth, Director of Tribal Engagement for Enbridge, says the 2-1 decision by the MN Court of Appeals essentially reaffirms the previous ruling by the MN Public Utilities Commission.
Opponents of the Line 3 project argued that the future demand for crude oil did not necessitate the need for a larger pipeline. Eberth says as evident in their rulings, there is plenty of evidence that states otherwise.
Enbridge went though one of the most extensive environmental review and permitting processes in history to assure the public that the Line 3 project is safe and, in fact, better for the environment. Eberth adds that you can argue opinions, but you can’t argue facts.
The Enbridge Line 3 replacement project is more than halfway complete and is on track to be operational this fall.