‘It’s a big threat’: U.S. aims to shut down another cross-border pipeline — Line 5 to Ontario
Line 5 is yet another point of contention between the U.S. and Canada on the energy file after President Joe Biden revoked a permit for Keystone XL
The Canadian government continues to press U.S. officials to avoid the shutdown of a key pipeline supplying southern Ontario, marking another point of conflict in the energy relationship between the two countries after Keystone XL was scrapped last week.
Officials in Michigan are looking to force the shutdown of Line 5, a pipeline carrying 540,000 barrels of Canadian oil and other petroleum products each day from Superior, Wis., to refineries in Sarnia, Ont. If successful, Canadian officials warn, the move would have a devastating impact on the Canadian economy, vaporizing thousands of jobs and cutting off a crucial supply of gasoline and jet fuel to Ontario and Quebec.
“The bottom line, in terms of the economy, is it’s a big threat,” said Joe Comartin, the Canadian government’s consul-general in Detroit. Stakes in the project are high enough that Michigan’s decision “certainly has the potential for damaging our relationship” with the United States, he said in an interview.
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