ST. PAUL, MN—House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, issued the following statement regarding today's decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals regarding Line 3. While additional information was ordered in order to complete the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), the court rejected "most of the relators' assertions of error" relating to other aspects of the FEIS.
"It's encouraging that the court rejected nearly all of the challenges brought by environmental groups who oppose this pipeline and the thousands of jobs that come with it," Daudt said. "Replacing aging infrastructure is the right thing to do for Minnesota; it's good our economy, it will grow jobs, and it will enhance environmental protection. This ruling should not change that, and should not stop this important project."
According to the ruling, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has 60 days under state statute (page 9) to "prepare an adequate EIS" and fix the issue identified by the court.
"The Line 3 replacement has been subject to unprecedented review, and I hope will proceed without further interference once the environmental impact statement is finalized," Daudt concluded.