“We’ve talked about in here how important of a partner Canada is,” Psaki said, “and will continue to be on a range of issues from addressing the pandemic to just being a regional partner on facing issues around the globe, but this again is a situation thats in the courts so I’m not going to have more comments on it.”
When asked about the potential closure of Line 5 and if this is any "way to treat an ally?" White House press sec. Jen Psaki says: "This is a situation that is in the courts." pic.twitter.com/yC0aYML4QC
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 12, 2021
Whitmer announced a hard deadline of May 12 for the Enbridge run Line 5 to be shut down, citing potential problems with the 65 year old pipeline’s potential to cause environmental damage if it ruptured.
Minister of Natural Resources of Canada Seamus O’Regan Jr told CTV that a contingency plan would be “messy” and would “take months to put into place.” He added that the alternative to the pipeline would involve trucks, boats, railway cars, and would be “messy, it will be polluting, and it will be expensive.”
If Line 5 is shut down, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan says the contingency plan would be "messy and take months to put into place." He says Enbridge would use rail, boats, trucks to move the oil to Ontario and Quebec from Alberta #cdnpoli https://t.co/EYgFzqzO6b pic.twitter.com/6Y9jhmmGfB
— Mackenzie Gray (@Gray_Mackenzie) May 11, 2021
O’Regan Jr. wrote in a statement responding to the Canadian Government’s filing of an amicus brief that “Under the federal court’s order, Enbridge and Michigan have entered into a mediation process and are meeting regularly.”
The Government of Canada has filed an amicus brief in the ongoing mediation on Line 5 between Enbridge and the State of Michigan.
See my statement here: pic.twitter.com/IfBg7vww8G
— Seamus O'Regan Jr (@SeamusORegan) May 11, 2021
“We remain confident this will lead to a solution. In filing this amicus brief, we worked with the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec,” O’Regan added. “We are continuing to work together to defend Line 5, leaving no stone unturned in defending Canada’s energy security and the workers who built this country.”