Line 5 fight shows age of oil isn't over

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Trudeau is "very concerned" about the possible closure of the Inbridge 5 line

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.

Michigan's move "threatens to undermine important aspects of that cooperative global relationship", it added.

MI has ordered Enbridge to shut down the pipeline citing environmental concerns but the company says it has never experienced a leak in the underwater portion of the pipeline in 68 years.

The oil pipeline, which transports about 540,000 barrels of oil and natural gas per day, is crucial to the economy and living conditions of a part of southwestern Ontario, part of Quebec, but also states in the northern United States. -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".

The government of Alberta, Canada's main crude-producing province, welcomed the federal government's intervention.

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Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm told reporters on Tuesday when asked about the White House's position on Line 5. John Flesher/AP An aboveground section of Enbridge's Line 5 at the Mackinaw City, Michigan, pump station.

The Biden administration halted the Keystone XL pipeline in a string of executive orders during the president's first day in office, despite unheeded pleas from Canada's federal government.

The Canadian federal government has waded into the Line 5 dispute and filed a court submission Tuesday arguing the pipeline should be kept in service while mediation talks are ongoing. A deadline had been set for Wednesday morning, but the situation is in the courts now and is expected to go to mediation soon.

But Whitmer has no realistic back-up plan to replace Line 5, even though Enbridge has agreed to do so with a $500-million underground tunnel by 2024 and has already been granted key construction permits by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. "We are in full support of the Canadian government filing a brief to try to continue mediation between Enbridge and the State of MI".

"Thats in the courts", she said, "so were not going to have anything to add". Industry lobbyists say thousands of U.S.jobs are in danger.

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