Michigan’s anti-pipeline governor issued orders to shut down Line 5 without any facts to back up their decision.
Shutting down Line 5 could put energy supply and jobs at risk.
- This is an ideological decision that is not pragmatic or based on facts. Since before their first day in office, Michigan’s Democratic Governor and Attorney General have been calling for the shutdown of Line 5 and collaborated on filing lawsuits with Enbridge.
- Even with an overwhelming vote of support by the Michigan House of Representatives for the timely issuing of permits for Line 5’s replacement, where almost half of the Michigan House Democrats voted against their governor, Governor Whitmer is still pursuing her ideological stance on pipelines.
- Despite claims from the Governor that Enbridge has broken the public trust doctrine and put the environment at risk, Line 5’s Straits of Mackinac crossing remains in excellent condition and has never experienced a leak in more than 65 years of operation.
- Line 5’s Straits of Mackinac crossing has a sophisticated system in place to prevent spills and monitor the pipeline.
- If Line 5 is shut down the lack of supply and Ontario’s returning demand for refined products could have a drastic effect on gasoline prices in the region. It can also put 4,900 jobs at risk, according to Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford.
Here are some stories that get it right, or mostly right.
As Michigan’s anti-pipeline Governor and Attorney General launch their latest attack on reliable energy supplies, Ontario is going on the defensive to keep Line 5 flowing. In a written statement, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford noted that “Enbridge’s Line 5 is a key artery that connects North American crude oil to Ontario. Ontario’s four refineries ensure that Ontario, Quebec, Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region are supplied with essential products like home heating fuels, gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel,”. Clearly, there are massive implications in the shutdown that the Michigan governor’s office is not taking into account.