It's been in court-ordered mediation since last April.
On May 12, Enbridge said the Chambers of Commerce from the U.S., Canada, Michigan and OH, along with the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Attorneys General of OH and Louisiana, the Canadian government, and union workers, all filed friend of the court briefs regarding Enbridge's case in federal court over the Line 5 easement.
Canadian company Enbridge Inc is preparing for a legal battle with MI and courting protests from environmental groups, betting it can ignore the state's Wednesday deadline to shut down Line 5, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.
The two sides are headed to court-ordered arbitration on Tuesday and McKnight says he doesn't think a shutdown order is in the works.
"This brinksmanship is political theatre", said Christopher Guith, senior vice-president, policy, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute.
"Unfortunately, millions of Americans and Canadians are likely to pay the price for it", he said.
"It is time to come together to build the Line 5 Tunnel Project so our families and businesses can continue to receive the life-sustaining energy we need, in the safest and most environmentally responsible way possible", says Ventura. "The question it raises in the general business community is, 'Who's next?'" Shutting the pipeline would require tens of thousands of trucks and hundreds of rail cars to transport oil and fuel by road, Enbridge has warned. "These include expected upward pressure on fuel prices for consumers for gasoline and home heating; commercial trucking and aviation users; and farmers whose fertilizers rely on the feedstock carried by Line 5".
There's also a risk of interstate energy emergencies, the brief notes - a phenomenon already on display in several East Coast states as a result of the ongoing shutdown of the Colonial pipeline, a key energy artery that was targeted by a foreign cyberattack.
That could amount to $1.8 million per day, the amount Enbridge has argued in court filings it could lose if the pipeline is shut down.
Whitmer has said she believes the line poses an "unacceptable risk of a catastrophic oil spill" and has called it a "ticking time-bomb".
The Colonial crisis again prompted public officials Wednesday to confront the mission-critical reality of America's pipelines as they urged people to stay calm and to resist the temptation to hoard fuel. We were told for many months to expect that this was infrastructure that was in the ground and highly unlikely, and here we are.
Bradley explains his fears for the Canada-U.S. relationship in the video at the top of this article. "Canada relationship has been successfully managed for generations", Ottawa said.