Cartoon by Krahnicle: November 9, 2021
US President Joe Biden doesn’t seem happy to kill only the Keystone XL expansion project, he is now considering shutting down Enbridge’s Line 5.
A shutdown would result in fuel shortages and price increases in Ontario and Quebec, as well as increased reliance on foreign supply to meet regional demands.
“Yes, we are,” said deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, asking during a press briefing if the administration “was studying” the impacts of a possible shutdown.
“The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing an environmental impact to examine this.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer actively tried to shut down the pipeline for fear of a spill in one of the Great Lakes.
“Where we are with this, Canada has decided to invoke the dispute settlement of the 1977 transit pipeline treaty. We expect the United States and Canada to engage constructively in these negotiations, ”said Jean-Pierre.
Line 5 transports approximately 87 million liters of petroleum and natural gas liquids per day between Superior, WI, and Sarnia, Ont., Passing through parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin.
There is an underwater section between the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. It is divided into two pipes 50 cm in diameter. Enbridge maintains that they are in good condition and have never leaked.
Enbridge said in order to maintain supply if the pipeline were to close, it would take 2,100 trucks to travel the route from Superior through Michigan each day, at a time when truckers are in low demand and the United States seek to reduce on pavement emissions, the Daily mail reported.
Biden is now caught between environmentalists and angry U.S. drivers after gas prices hit a seven-year high.
“’Biden wants to shut down another pipeline and raise your energy prices. Does he have any remorse for killing American jobs and family livelihoods?” Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., A tweeted on Monday.
On the first day of his tenure, Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project that cost thousands of American and Canadian jobs.
Current from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska and reportedly transported 830,000 barrels of oil each day.
“President Biden wants to destroy the US energy sector while giving Russia a new pipeline and begging OPEC to produce more oil. It’s totally upside down. This is what it looks like to put America Last, ”House GOP frontman Kevin McCarthy tweeted over the weekend, according to the Daily mail.
A report released earlier this year showed the devastating economic impact on the United States that a shutdown would cause.
“From the dynamic risk of the Line 5 shutdown, we envision a $ 120 million increase in the cost of transportation fuel in Michigan alone,” said Chris Ventura, Midwest Executive Director of the Consumer Energy Alliance.
He said the report estimates “$ 20.8 billion in lost economic activity, $ 2.36 billion in lost labor income, be it wages or salaries for those employed in these states, and more than 33,000 jobs lost.
The report says that if Line 5 closes, gas prices will rise and local farmers will have to find another way to get their fertilizers and raw materials.
“At Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), for example, over 54% of the jet fuel used to fill all the jets comes from Line 5, and when Line 5 is closed, one of the big questions is, how DTW will replace this source of jet fuel, ”Ventura said
“Airlines will have limited options. First, they can increase the price of tickets, and second, they can actually reduce flights and remove routes from DTW. “