The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected Enbridge’s final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for an oil pipeline project.
The Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project would transport 760,000 bbl/d of crude oil from Alberta, Canada to Wisconsin, US in a move that would double the current capacity.
Upon assessment of nine disputed aspects of examination and decision in the statement, the court identified one issue for further analysis.
In a statement released in response to the decision, Enbridge said it was “disappointed with the court’s decision given that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously found the Line 3 Replacement Project’s 13,500 page FEIS adequate, based on the most extensive environmental study of a pipeline project in state history, affirming the recommendation of an administrative law judge who thoroughly reviewed the FEIS for adequacy.”
The company said it was in the process of further analysing the courts decision and was currently in consultation with the Minnesota PUC and other agencies regarding the next course of action.
The original Line 3 has been in operation since 1968 and Enbridge has estimated that upgrade project would replace more than 24,000 oil transport tanker trucks.
For more information visit the Enbridge website.
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