Canada Intends to Take Line 5 Pipeline to Court

Canada invoked the article six of its 1977 Treaty with the United States to start negotiations over Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline, which was ordered to be shut down by the Government of Michigan last May over concerns about a possible leakage. Line 5 is one of Canada’s major oil export pipelines.

Enbridge did not abide Michigan’s order, and the two sides have been confronted in a legal battle. Canadian Government has been urging the US Administration to intervene and finally made a move on Monday to safeguard the pipeline. Canada’s move will force the Biden Administration to become involved in the dispute.

Biden Administration has been at odds with Canada over Canada’s export pipelines into the United States. In January, the US Government revoked a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which drew anger from Ottawa. President Biden could not make the environmentalists happy either, as he has been criticized for failing to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project, which will export Canada’s oil sands crude to the United States.

Article six of the 1977 Transit Pipelines Treaty is used to resolve disputes. Canada asked the court to halt any proceedings regarding Michigan’s order to shut down the pipeline. State of Michigan says the Canadian Government is trying to protect Enbridge, which they accuse of pumping oil through the Great Lakes, and threatening one of the most important public resources of the state.

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