U.S. District Court denies injunction; Line 3 construction moves forward

February 08, 2021

We’re pleased with this decision that acknowledges the thorough, inclusive and science-based review of the Line 3 Replacement Project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which included robust public participation and consultation with 30 Tribes. From the beginning, Enbridge has been committed to working with state and federal agencies and the spectrum of stakeholders involved in environmental permitting. That commitment continues through our continued compliance with state and federal laws, permits and policies, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA).

In the decision, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly notes the Plaintiffs failed to provide the Court with evidence of actual harm as required by the preliminary injunction criteria. “[T]he record before the Court indicates that most of the environmental effects stemming from the construction of Line 3 will not be “permanent or irreversible.”

This essential maintenance and safety project enhances environmental protections. It is also already creating significant economic benefits for Minnesota counties, small businesses, Native American communities, and union members including 5,200 construction jobs, millions of dollars in local spending and tax revenues at a time when the state needs it most.

Check out coverage of the decision from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.