Minnesota tribes file to halt pipeline build amid pandemic

The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project in the Superior area. The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project in the Superior area. |  Photo: Enbridge

Updated: November 26, 2020 05:33 PM
Created: November 26, 2020 05:30 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn (AP) - Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to stop the imminent construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement project.

They say it increases the risk of coronavirus infections spreading.

The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa filed a motion for an expedited stay of the project with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission late Wednesday.

They are arguing that the $2.6 billion project would put the tribes at higher risk of coronavirus infections if construction workers move into the area.

The pipeline project took a step forward on Monday when it received a federal permit.

The company suggested in a statement on Monday that construction could begin before the end of 2020. It also said that it has now come to an agreement with all private landowners along the planned Line 3 route in Minnesota.

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