Sask. minister concerned about dispute over Enbridge's Line 5

Marco Green
May 13, 2021

"If ever there was a day and a time for Team Canada, this was it", said Eyre.

Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline to close on Wednesday but with Enbridge and MI awaiting meditation it remains unclear if, or when, that will actually happen.

"These oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are a ticking timebomb, and their continued presence violates the public trust and poses a grave threat to Michigan's environment and economy", Whitmer's office said in a statement.

Michigan's move "threatens to undermine important aspects of that cooperative worldwide relationship", it added. -Canada relationship has been successfully managed for generations", the Trudeau government said in a brief, adding that "Michigan's move "threatens to undermine important aspects of that cooperative global relationship".

Line 5 is a crucial energy artery not only for Ontario and Quebec, but for MI and surrounding states as well - all depending on it for gasoline, propane for heating homes and jet fuel.

Canada has been lobbying Washington officials to keep the pipeline open in what is likely to be an election year in Canada. "So (it's) not good news for Saskatchewan producers or for Canada".

"One of the things that I think puts this into perspective is what's going on in the United States, as we speak about the Colonial Pipeline that's been shutdown because of ransomware for the last few days and gas stations are running out of gas", Jacobson said in a broadcast interview Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources Secretary Seamus Origin Jr. filed a memo to the USA federal court on Tuesday to support the ongoing mediation between Inbridge and the state of MI, among other things. A deadline had been set for Wednesday morning, but the situation is in the courts now and is expected to go to mediation soon.

"I think Enbridge will huff and puff and the State of MI will huff and puff and somebody in between is going to have to decide which way to go".

Litigation could drag on until at least 2024, said Joe Comartin, Canada's consul general in Detroit who is arguing on behalf of Ottawa.

"Our action will be through the courts", she said.

Ontario estimates the city of Sarnia, across the border from MI, could lose 5,000 refinery and chemical plant jobs.

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