Minister of Energy Sonya Savage issued the following statement in response to the federal government filing an amicus brief in the United States federal court regarding Enbridge’s Line 5:

“Alberta’s government has consistently advocated for the continued operation of Enbridge’s Line 5 and all other pipelines.

“We’re pleased that the federal government has listened to the concerns raised by a number of provincial governments and is working with the provinces to defend Canada’s energy security, economic prosperity and Canadian jobs. A shutdown of Line 5 would have significant consequences across Canada, as well as the United States.

“Energy producers, and the hard-working Albertans and Canadians they employ, have dealt with a number of challenging years and the uncertainty with Line 5 is not helpful. But what is the most concerning to us in Alberta – as it should be for everyone – is the dangerous precedent that a shutdown of a safely operating pipeline would set for future oil and gas infrastructure projects.

“Our province and our country will continue to be a stable, secure and responsible energy supplier to the U.S., and that’s why governments across Canada need to continue to work together on this important issue. Our province remains committed to engaging with elected officials on both sides of the border, reinforcing the importance of the pipeline as a safe and responsible source of needed energy for U.S. and Central Canada.

“When it comes to the responsible production and transportation of our natural resources, I truly believe, as Canadians, we are more aligned than we are divided.”