For the second time in a year, the federal government is largely unknown 1977 Energy treaty between Canada and the United States to protect the Line 5 pipeline.
This time in Wisconsin, Line 5 passes through the southwest shore of Lake Superior before crossing into Michigan.
In both states, federal judges are hearing cases aimed at shutting down controversial cross-border pipelines.
Wisconsin’s Native American band claims that the pipeline’s owner, Calgary-based Enbridge, no longer has the right to operate in its territory.
Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie says Canada is seeking treaty negotiations with the United States because of Line 5’s importance to North America’s energy security.
The treaty, which was invoked last October in the Michigan case, is expressly designed to guarantee uninterrupted operations of hydrocarbons through the United States.
“Economic and energy disruption and damage to Canada and the United States. The damage from the shutdown of Line 5 will be extensive and significant,” Joly said in a statement.
“This will affect energy prices, such as the price of propane to heat homes and gas at pumps. is.”
The statement said Canada “strongly” supports Enbridge’s proposal to reroute the pipeline around the Bad River Band Reservation in northern Wisconsin.