Enbridge Inc. has defeated the second protest lawsuit aimed at halting construction of the $2.6 billion Minnesota leg in its Line 3 pipe replacement project by winning a U.S. district court verdict.


The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a demand for a preliminary injunction to stop work on the 340-mile oil conduit across the state by two Minnesota native Ojibwe bands and a pair of environmental organizations.

The decision, released over the weekend, ruled that the protestors failed to show they would suffer irreparable harm if construction continued or that they would likely win their case to set aside the federal project approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The federal verdict came five days after the Minnesota Court of Appeals dismissed a...