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Group Challenges Oil Pipeline in Minnesota

ST. PAUL (CN) - Minnesota violated environmental laws in approving construction of an oil pipeline from Canada across Minnesota to the U.S. Midwest, environmentalists claim in Ramsey County Court. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy says the proposed pipeline would carry crude oil extracted from coal tar, the "dirtiest" form of oil there is.

The group sued the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. It wants the approvals rescinded and the pipelines rerouted, but not until proper environmental assessments are done.

Plaintiffs are represented by Mary Winston Marrow.

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