Court Victory for Enbridge Oil Pipeline Permit

Enbridge Inc. announced it is pleased with today’s decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which acknowledges the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s thorough review of the Line 3 Replacement Project (L3RP) and confirms that commissioners appropriately approved the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS), certificate of need and route permit.

“After six years of community engagement, environmental review, regulatory and legal review, it’s good to see confirmation of previous decisions on the Line 3 Replacement Project,” said Vern Yu, Enbridge Executive Vice President and President Liquids Pipelines. “From the start, the project has been about improving safety and reliability for communities and protecting the environment.”

L3RP was thoroughly vetted and regulatory and permitting review consisted of 70 public comment meetings, appellate review and reaffirmation of a 13,500-page EIS, four separate reviews by administrative law judges, 320 route modifications in response to stakeholder input, and multiple reviews and approvals by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the project’s certificate of need and route permit.

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