Minnesota ruling boosts Enbridge Power's Line 3 alternative

Minnesota air pollution regulators correctly thought-about the development impacts of Enbridge Power’s plan to exchange the 337-mile phase of its getting old Line 3 crude oil pipeline that crosses the state, an administrative regulation choose dominated Friday in a blow to environmental and tribal teams combating the venture.

Choose James LaFave issued the opinion following a request by opponents for a trial-like “contested case listening to” on the draft water permits for the venture, which the Minnesota Air pollution Management Company authorized in February. He held that continuing over the summer season.

LaFave wrote that the challengers “did not show” each that the venture would completely impression water high quality and wetlands; and that the MPCA and Enbridge had undercounted the quantity of wetlands that might be affected. The pipeline would cross 212 streams and impression over 700 acres of wetlands in northern Minnesota.

The MPCA should resolve whether or not to concern ultimate water high quality permits by mid-November, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

Line 3 runs from Alberta to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Calgary-based Enbridge has already changed the segments in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The corporate desires to exchange all the line, which was constructed within the Sixties, as a result of the older sections are corroding, so the pipeline can run at solely half its unique capability.

The opponents say the Canadian oilsands oil that the brand new line would carry would worsen local weather change, whereas threatening pristine waters in northern Minnesota the place Native Individuals harvest wild rice.

On a separate observe, the state Commerce Division has gone to the Minnesota Court docket of Appeals to problem the approval of the general venture by the unbiased Minnesota Public Utilities Fee.

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