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From Canada Comes the Truth about Enbridge’s Line 5: It’s not about Michigan’s Energy Needs

New video released today tells the real energy story about a pipeline in the Great Lakes.

Enbridge’s campaign of misleading claims that Michigan needs its dangerous Line 5 has sprung a major truth-telling leak in Enbridge’s home base of Canada, where the Great Lakes oil pipeline’s story is becoming a major national news topic.

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In Canada, the focus of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to shut down Line 5 is around the pipeline as a major energy source for Canada, which is damaging Enbridge’s false claims that Line 5 is a critical energy infrastructure for Michigan.

Sign Biden Petition“The [Line 5] oil is flowing into Canada,” Canadian energy analyst Dr. Warren Maybee told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s program, The Current, on Wednesday. “In this case, we need that oil. The U.S. doesn’t really gain any benefit, as has been pointed out. Most of it is just traveling through their country in order to feed into our system.”

Maybee is Director of Queen’s University’s Institute for Energy & Environmental Policy and his analysis that Enbridge’s Line 5 provides little benefit to Michigan reflects the fact that 80% of oil and other hazardous liquids transported through the Straits of Mackinac and Michigan end up back in Canada.

It is that truth--that Line 5 is primarily an energy source for Canada and not the United States-- that dominates Canadian media coverage. Video storyteller Bill Latka captures this reality of Line 5 in a new short video released today by Oil & Water Don’t Mix.

“For too long, Enbridge has spent millions pushing a false narrative to convince Michiganders that Line 5 is critical for Michigan, “ said Latka. “This video puts a spotlight on the proof that this is not the case.”

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Dr. Maybee also makes the point in a January interview with CBC that the United States no longer needs Canadian oil and so closing down the Keystone XL pipeline, for example, is of little major consequence for U.S. energy.

“The [Line 5] oil is flowing into Canada. In this case, we need that oil. The U.S. doesn’t really gain any benefit, as has been pointed out. Most of it is just traveling through their country in order to feed into our system.” - Dr. Warren Maybee

"A decade ago, we were integral," Maybee told CBC. "In fact, the United States would think of Canada as part of the United States when they were looking at their energy supply. And I don't think that's the case anymore."

Enbridge’s Line 5 was constructed through Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac in 1953. Under Gov. Whitmer’s action, it is slated to be shut down by mid-May. Meanwhile, Enbridge is pursuing a proposed project to replace the twin Straits pipelines with a massive new fossil fuel tunnel that is 6 feet to 250 feet under the lakebed. One of the questions Enbridge must answer is whether there is a public need in Michigan for Line 5 that can’t be fulfilled through other, better options that are more likely to serve the interests of Michiganders.


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  • Bill Latka
    published this page in News 2021-02-12 10:33:16 -0500

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