The US legal system has once again failed to protect Native land or uphold Indigenous Treaty Rights in regards to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project in northern Minnesota. Tribal nations, along with multiple environmental organizations, have attempted to stop the Line 3 pipeline expansion project through legal actions, though none have been successful. The Federal court’s latest determination closes the final court case against Enbridge in regards to Line 3, leaving many environmental activists and local tribes frustrated at the lack of Federal action to protect these important and sacred lands and waterways.
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A federal judge has rejected claims by environmental groups and Ojibwe bands that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately review Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline.
The controversial 340-mile oil pipeline across Minnesota opened a year ago, but one lawsuit challenging it had yet to be concluded — until Friday.
“The court concludes that the Corps complied with its obligations to assess the environmental consequences associated with its permits to Enbridge,” wrote Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia.