Minnesota tribes file to halt pipeline build amid pandemic
Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to stop the imminent construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement project.
They say it increases the risk of coronavirus infections spreading. The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa filed a motion for an expedited stay of the project with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission late Wednesday.
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They are arguing that the $2.6 billion project would put the tribes at higher risk of coronavirus infections if construction workers move into the area.
The pipeline project took a step forward on Monday when it received a federal permit.