Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to cease the approaching building of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline substitute, saying it might enhance the danger of coronavirus infections spreading.

The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa filed a movement late Wednesday asking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to keep its approval of the $2.6 billion challenge. They argue building would put locals at elevated danger of coronavirus infections as employees transfer into the realm.

The bands and different pipeline opponents have sued and protested to strive to block the challenge, and an enchantment by the state Commerce Department is pending. They need the PUC to halt the challenge whereas that authorized problem performs out.

The pipeline challenge took a step ahead on Monday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accredited the ultimate federal allow wanted. The Public Utilities Commission has already accredited the challenge a number of instances, however nonetheless wants to give building a last inexperienced mild.

Enbridge says the pipeline substitute will present a safer approach to transport the oil to Midwest refineries whereas creating 4,200 building jobs and producing tens of millions of {dollars} in native spending and tax revenues.

Opponents say the challenge threatens spills in pristine waters the place Native Americans harvest wild rice and that the Canadian tar sands oil it might carry would irritate local weather change. 29dk2902l