Canada’s oil-sands producers have struggled for years with a shortage of export pipelines as projects face increasing scrutiny from courts and regulators. U.S. President Joe Biden, on his first day in office, rescinded a permit for TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone XL project that would have helped increase shipments of Canadian crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The Line 3 project has been fiercely opposed by some environmental and indigenous groups, who have staged protests this summer along the construction route. Enbridge spent years in court fights and regulatory battles to get the line built.
“It’s disappointing that the court will not hold MPCA accountable for their failure to protect our clean water,” Gabby Brown, a Sierra Club spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement.