On Thursday, Canadian lawmakers urged leaders of the United States and Canada to take further steps to resolve a dispute between Enbridge Inc and the state of Michigan over the cross-border line 5 oil pipeline.
On May 12, 2015, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the Calgary-based Enbridge to shut down a 4 mile section of the 540,000 barrel-per day pipeline that runs underneath the Great Lakes in the Great Lakes because of concerns it could leak.
Enbridge is challenging Whitmer's order in U.S. courts.
Following weeks of hearings from ministers, unions and industry associations, a multi-party committee of Canadian parliamentarians released their recommendations in a report that said closing line 5 could lead to fuel shortages and job losses on both sides of the border.
The Special Committee feels that the ongoing engagement between the governments of Canada and the United States is critical to the continued operation of Line 5 said the report.
It recommended Premier Joe Biden and his ministers to pursue frequent and direct dialogue about Line 5 with U.S. President Justin Trudeau and his administration, to help resolve the dispute diplomatically as soon as possible.
Should Canada enter legal action or intervene in the federal case between Michigan and Enbridge, the committee said, though it stressed a negotiated settlement between the two parties would be best.
The report comes a day before Enbridge and Michigan start mediation as ordered by a judge.
We completely concur with the findings of the report, most important on the need to resolve the current dispute through executive action and state-to-state negotiation, said Vern Yu, Enbridge's executive vice president of liquids pipelines.