Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Judge Orders State Dept. To Respond To Tribal Pipeline Suit

A Minnesota federal judge on Monday ordered U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to respond to a lawsuit that claims he and the U.S. Department of State illegally allowed an energy company to build an oil pipeline through an Indian reservation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois said in his order that it has been more than 14 days since Kerry, the State Department and intervening defendant Enbridge Energy LP were served with the amended complaint in Minnesota federal court, and that they have a maximum of eight business days to respond or ask for an extension of time.

A number of environmental and Native American groups, including the White Earth Nation, filed the amended complaint on Feb. 20 to challenge a State Department decision approving construction of a new cross-border crude-oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin, and a significant increase in the capacity of the existing Line 67 pipeline, or the “Alberta Clipper,” without first complying with environmental and procedural regulations.


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