Activists Stage Blockade to Block Work on Line 3 as Court Tosses Out Proposed Pipeline's Approval From Regulators

September 13, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Enbridge’s Line 3 was dealt a setback by the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday while a trio of water protectors sustained strong resistance to the project by locking themselves to machinery to block work on the proposed oil pipeline.

The three-judge panel, with one of the judges objecting, reversed the approval that the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) gave last year to the Calgary-based company’s environmental impact statement, calling it “inadequate because it didn’t address the potential impact of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed.”

Advocacy group Environment Minnesota celebrated the development on Twitter, writing, “This is such great news.”

The decision means the statement goes back to PUC, as the Star Tribune reported.

As Common Dreams previously reported,

Such impacts brought three pipeline foes to an active construction site for the proposed pipeline in Park Rapids, Minnesota, where they locked themselves to logging equipment.

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