ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota
utility regulators are preparing to discuss restarting the
approval process for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging
Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
The project had been on hold
because of legal challenges by environmental and tribal groups
that say the upgrade would aggravate climate change and pose an
unacceptable risk of spills into sensitive lakes, streams and
The Public Utilities Commission
meets Tuesday to decide how to proceed in complying with a court
order to supplement the project's environmental review with more
analysis of the potential effects of spills in the Lake Superior
Once that study is completed, the
PUC must take public comments before approving it. Then the
commission and other agencies would have to reissue some other
key approvals and permits.