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Enbridge’s Line 3 Hits Fresh Pushback From Minnesota Government

  • Commerce Department says regulators failed to consider demand
  • Environmental, indigenous groups also ask for reconsideration
Enbridge storage tanks in Hardisty, Alberta.

Enbridge storage tanks in Hardisty, Alberta.

Photographer: Jason Franson/Bloomberg
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Enbridge Inc.’s planned replacement and expansion of its Line 3 crude oil pipeline hit another potential setback as Minnesota’s commerce department asked regulators to reconsider a key approval.

The department said the Public Utilities Commission should reconsider the certificate of need it granted the project, arguing that Enbridge failed to submit a long-range forecast for demand for the oil that the pipeline carries, according to a filing that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison submitted on behalf of the department on Thursday.