STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Minnesota regulators stand by Line 3 pipeline approval again

The Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday unanimously rejected the last pending petitions for reconsideration, including one from the state Commerce Department.

Posted: Mar. 26, 2019 7:42 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utility regulators have granted a final approval to Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement.

The Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday unanimously rejected the last pending petitions for reconsideration, including one from the state Commerce Department.

The Commerce Department had joined with tribal and environmental groups in challenging the project's approvals before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which sent the case back to the commission last month.

Gov. Tim Walz says his administration will study Tuesday's decision before deciding next steps.

Line 3 has carried Canadian crude since the 1960s and is showing its age. The new line would cross Alberta, a corner of North Dakota and northern Minnesota to an Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Besides clearing the legal challenges, Calgary-based Enbridge also needs state and federal permits, which the company hopes to secure around end of the year.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 52°
Albert Lea
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 52°
Austin
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 54°
Charles City
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 54°
Rochester
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 50°
Tracking a mostly pleasant Memorial Day weekend.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

A sport for everyone

Image

Newman baseball defeats Clear Lake

Image

Joe Colon's trademark

Image

Artificial intelligence at Mayo

Image

Gas leak closes down road

Image

Women in the military are celebrating one another

Image

Highlights: Newman Catholic baseball defeats Clear Lake

Image

Carpenters cook for others

Image

What do you think of human composting?

Image

Growing rural Iowa

Community Events