Enbridge ordered to pay $3M for Line 3 groundwater leak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay more than $3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline.

The state Department of Natural Resources says Enbridge, while working near Clearbrook in January, dug too deeply into the ground and pierced an artesian aquifer, which resulted in a 24 million gallon groundwater leak and endangered nearby wetlands.

Enbridge did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.

The company's 340-mile Line 3 pipeline will carry Canadian crude across northern Minnesota to the company's terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

The pipeline, opposed by environmental groups and some Ojibwe tribes, is 90% complete.

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