Opponents of Line 5 want the White House to reject Canada’s bilateral effort to prevent a Michigan judge from shutting down the cross-border pipeline.
Canada has formally requested negotiations with the United States under the terms of a 1977 treaty that deals specifically with bilateral energy transmission.
Canada invokes the 1977 pipeline treaty with the US to prevent the closure of Line 5
Environmental groups, however, call the tactic a “bold” and deceptive attack on US sovereignty.
A coalition dedicated to closing Line 5 is delivering petitions to members of Congress and the White House, urging them to side with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The Whitmer government is locked in a legal dispute with Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. over the pipeline, which runs through the Great Lakes under the Straits of Mackinac.
Attorneys for the state argued last week that Canada’s decision does not require the court to suspend the case.
Canada Faces Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Closure
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