Minnesota Nixes Tribal Request That Could Delay Enbridge Pipeline Project

"Minnesota's Ojibwe bands asked utility regulators to wait for cultural survey."

"Minnesota utility regulators Thursday rejected a request by the state's Ojibwe bands to require a comprehensive tribal cultural analysis for Enbridge's proposed pipeline across northern Minnesota.

The tribes have asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to include a full state study of tribal historic sites as part of the state's Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge's proposed new Line 3. The controversial pipeline would ferry Canadian oil to Enbridge's terminal in Superior, Wis.

The PUC declined to include such a survey in the environmental review, essentially saying that it isn't the state's responsibility but that of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A Corps-led cultural survey began last fall but is unlikely to be completed before the PUC makes a final decision on Line 3, which is expected in June."

Mike Hughlett reports for the Minneapolis Star Tribune February 22, 2018.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 02/26/2018