US Has No Intention to Shut Down Line 5, White House Says

The White House said the United States had no intention to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline after the company and the State of Michigan went into an environmental dispute regarding its situation. Government of Michigan has ordered Enbridge to shut down the pipeline because of a leakage danger which caused Canada to invoke a 1977 treaty to trigger negotiations.

White House statement said it expected negotiations to go constructively between the two sides. The statement also added that US Government wasn’t considering shutting down the pipeline.

The Line 5 pipeline moves 540,000 barrels per day of crude and refined products and is a key link in Enbridge’s Mainline network, which transports huge volumes of Canadian crude oil to the United States.

Canadian Foreign Ministry said Line 5 was a top priority and it would continue to work with the US to ensure the pipeline remains open and operates safely.

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