Minnesota State Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the environmental assessment done on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project was inadequate. The ruling is just the opposite of Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s decision, which approved the environmental impact statement for the pipeline replacement.
The proposed replacement pipeline will have the capacity to move 370,000 barrels of oil per day. The company plans to replace its existing 282 miles of 34 inch pipeline with 337 miles of 36 inch pipe. The project has faced numerous legal challenges and has been approved and disapproved several times over.
The startup date for the pipeline replacement project was originally supposed to be at the end of 2019. As per the court, the Commission made a mistake when it approved the plan, and found that Enbridge’s environmental impact statement lacked in details about where it deals with oil spills in relation to Lake Superior.