THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~ November 30, 2020 (LSN) Sarnia’s mayor warns Line 5 shutdown would harm economy on both sides of border If Michigan succeeds in shutting down the Line 5 pipeline it will cause a regional energy crisis and serious economic pain, Sarnia’s mayor says.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Canada’s Enbridge Energy to stop using the Sarnia-bound pipeline by May of 2021. She wants Line 5 decommissioned, claiming it places the Great Lakes at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.
In a letter to Whitmer last week, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley urged her to reconsider, saying Michigan’s move would result in an energy shortage and higher fuel costs on both sides of the border.
“Your decision will create an unnecessary energy crisis at the height of a global pandemic, ensuring economic downturn and result in regional energy shortages and higher energy prices that will impact Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario and Quebec,” Bradley said.
Line 5 is a major pipeline used by U.S. and local refineries to produce propane, gasoline, and asphalt, as well as providing the feedstock for chemical, plastic and rubber manufacturers.
On its route from Wisconsin to Sarnia it passes through the Straits of Mackinac, which connect lakes Huron and Michigan.
Line 5 conveys about 87 million litres of western Canadian crude and natural gas liquids daily and the feedstock for three local refineries and related manufacturers.
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