Pipeline disputes increase tensions between US and Canada | South Dakota News
Biden’s cancellation of Keystone XL, a 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) pipeline from the Alberta tar sands, remains a sensitive issue in Canada. Although Trudeau opposed the move, Alberta officials are “extremely disappointed” that he does not take stronger action, said Sonya Savage, energy minister for the province where most of the country is located. Canada’s oil production.
Now comes Line 5, which few Americans outside of the Great Lakes region may be familiar with. But it is a priority for Canada, the world’s fourth largest producer and third largest exporter of oil.
“Canadians will probably make this their big problem,” said Christopher Sands, director of the Canadian Institute at the Wilson Center, a global policy think tank in Washington, DC. allow to back down.
Although the Keystone project was halted when construction began, Line 5 has been carrying Canadian oil since 1953. More than half of Ontario’s supply passes through it, according to Enbridge. It leaves Michigan at the border town of Sarnia, Ontario, and connects to another line that supplies two-thirds of the crude used in Quebec for gasoline, heating oil and other products.
“It’s an energy lifeline for Canada,” said Mike Fernandez, senior vice president of Enbridge.