Ottawa requests pipeline agreement in another Line 5 dispute | Pro IQRA News

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For the second time in a year, the federal government enforced the little-known 1977 energy treaty between Canada and the United States to maintain pipeline 5.

This time, it’s in Wisconsin, where Line 5 loops around the southwest coast of Lake Superior before crossing into Michigan.

In both states, federal judges are hearing court cases aimed at closing the controversial cross-border pipeline.

An Indigenous band in Wisconsin argued that the pipe’s owner, Enbridge Inc. based in Calgary, no longer has the rights to operate on its territory.

Secretary of State Melanie Joly said Canada was seeking treaty talks with the US because of the importance of Track 5 to North American energy security.

The agreement, filed last October in the Michigan case, is expressly designed to ensure uninterrupted hydrocarbon operations through the US.

“Economic and energy disruption and damage in Canada and the US from the closure of Line 5 will be widespread and significant,” Joly said in a statement.

“This will have an impact on energy prices, such as propane for heating homes and gas prices at the pump. At a time when global inflation is making it difficult for families to make ends meet, this is an unacceptable result.”

The statement said Canada “strongly” supports Enbridge’s proposal to divert the pipeline around the Bad River Band reservation in northern Wisconsin.

This Canadian Press report was first published on August 29, 2022.


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