Whitmer Blasts Canada to Support Company with ‘Abysmal’ Record in Pipeline Dispute

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On Monday, Canada signed a deal with the United States, asking a judge to stop the case over attempts to shut down Michigan’s Great Lakes oil pipeline.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, both democrats, part of the pipeline is an imminent danger of oil spills to the Great Lakes and should be closed. The Line 5 section runs under the Strait of Mackinac, which connects Lakes Huron and Michigan at the top of the state’s Lower Peninsula.

A lawyer representing Canada said in federal court that the settlement’s dispute resolution process should trigger a pause in pending litigation. Whitmer said he was disappointed with the move to launch the deal.

“Instead of taking steps to diversify its energy supply and ensure resilience, Canada has channeled its efforts into defending an oil company with a lousy environmental record,” Whitmer said, noting that an Enbridge pipeline ruptured in southwest Michigan in 2010.

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Great Lakes Pipeline
Michigan lawmakers said part of the pipeline was in danger of an imminent oil spill for the Great Lakes and should be shut down. Witnesses Debra Miller of Ceresco, Michigan, Susan Connolly of Marshall, Michigan, Michelle BarlondSmith of Battle Creek, Michigan, James Lee of Marshall, Michigan, Darla Thorpe of Ceresco, Michigan, Denise Green of Ceresco, Michigan, Great Lakes Regional General Manager National Wildlife Federation Center Andy Buchsbaum and Beth Wallace were sworn in at a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on September 15, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau has made it clear that his government supports Enbridge, the Calgary-based company that operates Line 5.

Canada said it had requested negotiations with the United States about the pipeline. A 1977 treaty quoted a provision in both countries that said no public authority could take steps to interfere with the flow of hydrocarbons.

“For over 65 years, Line 5 has been the safest way to transport Canadian hydrocarbons from western Canada to central Canada, helping provide the energy needed to heat homes and power the Canadian economy,” Garneau said. Said.

Line 5 carries approximately 23 million gallons (87 million liters) of oil and gas liquids per day between Superior, Wisconsin and Sarnia, Ontario, passing parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

A mediator was working with Michigan and Enbridge to try to reach an agreement on Line 5, but the talks ended on September 9 without agreement.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of ‘Team Canada’, from the Canadian government to the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan, for their commitment and effort to keep Line 5 open,” Enbridge said Monday. Said.

Before Whitmer took office in 2019, Enbridge reached an agreement with Republican Governor Rick Snyder to build a tunnel and protect the pipeline until 2024.

Garneau said Canada supports this plan.

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