Why is a US state trying to shut down a Canadian oil pipeline?

  • Liana Hosia
  • BBC News

Line 5

image copyright Sarah Rice for Earthjustice

An ancient oil pipeline crossing part of the Great Lakes region has led to a standoff between the US state of Michigan and Canada, and many see the outcome of the battle over Line 5, which supplies energy to the US Midwest and central Canada, as a precursor to how North America will balance its energy future with its environmental obligations.

The most controversial part of the Line 5 pipeline is the one that runs from Superior in Wisconsin through Michigan to Sarnia in Canada and lies at the bottom of the Strait of Mackinac, the narrow waterway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, two of the largest lakes in the world.

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