Despite pressure from opponents of the pipeline, the Biden administration continues to defend Enbridge’s Line 3 project

In a case filed in court on Wednesday, the US Army Corps of Engineers urged a federal judge to dismiss an opponents’ request asking the judge to revoke a permit overseeing construction-related impacts on US waters. United.

Within the framework of a complaint lodged against the army corps, the Native bands of the Minnesota Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, as well as the environmental groups Honor the Earth and Sierra Club, asked the judge to render summary judgment or to rule in their favor on the facts of the case, in unnecessary trial.

The bands and groups had argued that the Army Corps failed to consider serious environmental impacts, including climate change and potential Canadian heavy oil spills. They also said the Army Corps should have conducted an environmental impact study.

But in its response on Wednesday, the Corps maintained its license and said it weighed everything correctly. The federal agency said it did not need to conduct an impact study because it relied on a compliant study by Minnesota regulators.

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“The Corps has found that the vast majority of wetland impacts from the construction of Replacement Line 3 will be temporary and that mitigation measures will be taken to compensate for the low loss of function of aquatic resources,” wrote the Army corps.

The Army Corps had issued the permit during the Trump administration, but after President Joe Biden canceled a key permit for the Keystone XL on the first day of his tenure, opponents of Line 3 hoped he would carry the same move on line 3.

Groups then repeatedly sent letters and petitions to Biden calling on his administration to stop the pipeline.

But with the Corps tribunal filing on Wednesday, those hopes were dashed.

“Today’s action by the Biden administration is a huge missed opportunity the size of an oil sands pipeline to break with the Trump administration’s pro-polluter agenda and side with rights indigenous peoples and climate justice, ”Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a press release. “Allowing Line 3 to move forward is at best inconsistent with the bold promises of climate and environmental justice that President Biden campaigned on and was elected on.”

Enbridge, which is more than 60% complete on Line 3, said the Army Corps move was “expected.”

“The brief filed for the US Army Corps of Engineers is an expected next step in the appeal process to the tribunal – and presents the very in-depth review behind the scientific approvals of federal permits and approvals for the pipeline replacement project. 3, “Juli Kellner, an Enbridge spokesperson, said in a statement.

The $ 3 billion replacement project has already completed construction in Canada, Wisconsin and North Dakota. The company said the pipeline is on track to be commissioned in the fourth quarter. When completed, it will have the capacity to transport approximately 760,000 barrels of Canadian oil per day to the Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

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