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The Great Line 5 Debate: Potential Environmental and Economic Impacts

March 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

When: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 11:00 AM

Location: Webinar


CUBSA is proud to sponsor and invites you to join the Michigan State University International Studies and Programs – Canadian Studies Center for the upcoming virtual event on March 10th “The Great Line 5 Debate: Potential Environmental and Economic Impacts.”

Line 5 is a pipeline system carrying both oil and propane from Canada across Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas to Sarnia, Ontario. The pipeline crosses the Straits of Mackinac, leading to concerns about a potential oil spill from the 65-year-old pipeline. Shutting down the pipeline could have significant economic and environmental impacts in Canada and parts of the United States.

This international panel brings together diverse voices to address the concerns on both sides of the border related to Line 5, as well as a potential diplomatic resolution as both countries commit to green-energy strategies.

The event will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is required.



Rebecca Malouin,
Canadian Studies Center, Michigan State University

Eric Freedman,
Knight Foundation Endowed Chair in Environmental Journalism, School of Journalism, Michigan State University

Robert Richardson
, Professor, Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University

Grant Gunn, Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
Doug Bessette, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University
Earl Provost,
Ontario Agent-General in Chicago
Martine Hebert, Québec Delegate in Chicago

Closing Remarks:
Joe Comartin
 Consul General of Canada in Detroit

For a printable version of the invite, click here.



March 10, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm