Line 3 wins key court victory
A key permit for Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 oil pipeline was upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, removing a potential delay for the controversial project.
The court affirmed a Certificate of Need and Routing Permit granted by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
The pipeline, which will carry Canadian oil-sands crude from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, has faced fierce opposition from indigenous and environmental groups, who clashed with law enforcement last week.
Canada’s oil sands producers have struggled for years with a shortage of export conduits as projects to build new ones face increasing scrutiny from courts and regulators. U.S. President Joe Biden, on his first day in office, rescinded a permit for TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline that would have helped increase shipments of Canadian crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The company last week finally canceled the project after more than a decade since first proposing it.