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Army Corps of Engineers under Biden backs Trump-era approval of Minn. pipeline project

Environmental activists set up their tents near construction equipment to disrupt the Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park, Minnesota on June 7, 2021. - Line 3 is an oil sands pipeline which runs from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin in the United States. In 2014, a new route for the Line 3 pipeline was proposed to allow an increased volume of oil to be transported daily. While that project has been approved in Canada, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, it has sparked continued resistance from climate justice groups and Native American communities in Minnesota. While many people are concerned about potential oil spills along Line 3, some Native American communities in Minnesota have opposed the project on the basis of treaty rights and calling President Biden to revoke the permits and halt construction. (Photo by Kerem YUCEL / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Environmental activists set up their tents near construction equipment to disrupt the Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park, Minnesota on June 7, 2021. - Line 3 is an oil sands pipeline which runs from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin in the United States. In 2014, a new route for the Line 3 pipeline was proposed to allow an increased volume of oil to be transported daily. While that project has been approved in Canada, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, it has sparked continued resistance from climate justice groups and Native American communities in Minnesota. While many people are concerned about potential oil spills along Line 3, some Native American communities in Minnesota have opposed the project on the basis of treaty rights and calling President Biden to revoke the permits and halt construction. (Photo by Kerem YUCEL / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Environmental activists set up their tents near construction equipment to disrupt the Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park, Minnesota on June 7, 2021. (KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 8:22 PM PT – Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Biden administration has backed a Trump-era approval of the Line 3 Pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Biden administration has defended the oil sands pipeline project that would carry Canadian oil through Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, the administration advocated the challenge from tribes in the area and environmentalists be thrown away in a court brief. According to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Line 3 Pipeline replacement project is an “integrity and maintenance driven project.”

The goal is to construct 337 miles of pipeline to replace the more than 280 miles that are growing old and decreasing the pipeline’s capabilities. Canadian natural gas transmission company, Enbridge Energy, is heading the project.

The Justice Department argued the company did its due diligence to take environmental impact into consideration. Additionally, pipeline workers argued the benefits outweigh the risks.

The pipeline is mapped out to pass through three Native American reservations. Those opposed are worried about the potential of a spill and how that would negatively impact the Indigenous people along with their cultural reliance on crops and wildlife.

However, Enbridge Vice President Mike Fernandez argued it’s the best option. “Pipelines are the most efficient and safest way, and most environmentally sound way to transport this needed fuel,” stated Fernandez.

He added it will create four thousand construction jobs, increase tax revenue to northern Minnesota and safely transport more fuel.

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