(Washington) In talks with the United States, the Union Minister of Natural Resources calls the “line 5” pipeline across Enbridge “negotiable.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer has promised to close the Enbridge Pipeline across the border, which connects Wisconsin and Sarnia in Ontario, with the lakes flowing under the Maginac Strait between Michigan and Huron.
Seamus O’Reilly testified before the Special Committee on Economic Relations between Canada and the United States on Thursday that he would protect the “submarine” pipeline.
The minister said the pipeline is a major source of jobs and energy not only for the northern states of the United States, but also for southwestern Ontario and Quebec. He estimates that dropping it would create an energy shortage equivalent to 14 million barrels of oil per day in the region.
According to O’Reilly, the courts have made it clear to avoid a settlement between Michigan and Enbridge altogether.