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Federal government files brief as part of Line 5 legal efforts

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The Government of Canada has filed an amicus curiae brief in a Michigan court case encouraging continued mediation between the state of Michigan and Enbridge over their dispute regarding the Line 5 pipeline.

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan Jr. said Ottawa is prioritizing Canadian energy security, economic prosperity and support for energy workers with the move. 

"Line 5 is essential to our energy security. The Government of Canada has continuously advocated for and raised the importance of Line 5. We've worked in close collaboration with provinces, industry and labour and have raised Line 5 directly with the U.S. Administration. It has been — and continues to be — a Team Canada approach. Line 5 does not just affect one province or one region — it supports our entire country," O'Regan said. 

The brief filed by Ottawa supports mediation between Enbridge and the State of Michigan while emphasizing that Line 5 is a critical energy and economic link between Canada and the United States. It also reflects the government's view that U.S. federal court should be the jurisdiction that hears the case. 

"Line 5 is a vital piece of infrastructure for Canada and the United States and has safely operated at the Straits of Mackinac for 68 years. It remains the safest, most efficient way to transport fuel to refineries and markets and is a reliable source of energy for Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario and Quebec. This pipeline is as important to Canada as it is to the U.S. It heats both Canadian and American homes. It supports both Canadian and American jobs," O'Regan said. "Under the federal court's order, Enbridge and Michigan have entered into a mediation process and are meeting regularly. We remain confident this will lead to a solution. In filing this amicus brief, we worked with the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. We are continuing to work together to defend Line 5, leaving no stone unturned in defending Canada's energy security and the workers who built this country."

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