The administration urged a court to throw out a challenge brought by tribal and environmental groups, backing a pipeline that would carry Canadian oil across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The fight over the pipeline will be, at least for now, where Biden’s climate commitment will be judged.
The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.
The Line 3 pipeline would carry oil from Canada across Minnesota, crossing sensitive waterways as well as tribal lands. On Monday, protesters gathered to try to stop construction.
Canada’s government has backed the pipeline owner in the dispute with Michigan’s governor, an ally of President Biden, complicating U.S.-Canadian relations.
The expansion of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is a breathtaking betrayal of Minnesota’s Indigenous communities — and the environment.