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Walz administration keeps up fight against Line 3

Walz administration keeps up fight against Line 3 Photo: Enbridge, file

STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
Updated: August 18, 2020 06:15 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz’s administration says it will appeal the latest approvals by state utility regulators for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its old and corroding Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

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The state Commerce Department faced a deadline of Wednesday for filing a request to ask the Minnesota Court of Appeals to take another look at the project.

Environmental and tribal groups opposed to the pipeline have already filed their appeals. Supporters and opponents stepped up pressure on the Walz administration in the days leading up to the decision.

Enbridge said it will continue to pursue permits while the appeals process plays out.

"We are disappointed that a part of the Walz Administration has chosen to pursue an appeal especially when the two PUC commissioners the Governor appointed voted in favor of the project.  That said, we remain confident that the courts will reaffirm the PUC’s decisions," the company said.

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STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

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