Canada Officially Opposes U.S. Shutdown of Pipeline No. 5

Natural Resources Canada filed court documents Tuesday (May 11) formally opposing the U.S. state of Michigan’s request to shut down Canadian energy company Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closure of Line 5 on Wednesday (May 12) due to concerns about a potential spill on Line 5, which connects Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.

Calgary-based Enbridge responded that there are no plans to shut down Line 5 on Wednesday. The court has ordered the two sides to negotiate and is scheduled to meet again on May 18.

“Line 5 doesn’t just affect one province or one region, it supports our entire country.” Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan stressed that Line 5 is important not only to Canadians, but also to Americans, for heating the homes of families in both countries and supporting the jobs of workers in both countries.

The governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario have jointly filed an amicus curiae with the court, expressing support for a mediated resolution of the Line 5 dispute.

O’Regan said, “We will continue to work together to defend Line 5, to defend Canada’s energy security and the workers who built this country.”