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Enbridge Line 3 Dispute Ends After Tribal Court Tosses Lawsuit

Aug. 11, 2022, 2:41 PM

A dispute over Minnesota’s approval of Enbridge Inc.'s Line 3 replacement project will come to an end after a tribal court struck down the case, the Eighth Circuit ruled.

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources after it granted water-use permits to the company for the oil pipeline. Wild rice is “integral” for the tribe and endangered by the project, it argued, and the department approved the permits “unilaterally and without formal notice to tribal leaders and without tribal consent.”

The department urged the US District Court for the District of Minnesota to block ...