Canada’s Attempt to Avoid Line 5 Closure Attacks US Sovereignty, Opponents Say | The Canadian News

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.

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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.

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Attorneys for the state argued last week that Canada’s decision does not require the court to suspend the case.

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