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Line 9 Approved Despite Imminent Threats

Line 9 Approved Despite Imminent Threats
Following the NEB’s rubber-stamping of Line 9, grassroots groups pledge to step up resistance

KITCHENER-WATERLOO--The NEB announced its approval of Enbridge’s Line 9 project yesterday, but this has not deterred those in opposition, including the Waterloo Region Coalition Against Line 9. Today, the Coalition will be speaking in response to the NEB’s approval and conditions, and will be delivering the report “Line 9: Not Worth the Risk” to local MP Peter Braid and MPP Catherine Fife.
“Given the NEB’s track record of approving over 99% of tar sands projects, this decision comes as no surprise,” stated Coalition spokesperson Rachel Avery. “But this makes it no less appalling that the NEB is disregarding treaty responsibilities, grave environmental concerns and economic risk. Their decision is an attack on the communities and ecosystems along and downstream of Line 9, the tar sands, and the Bakken shale fields.”

As the report being delivered today highlights, there is a 90% chance of failure of Line 9 in the near term. A rupture could result in up to $10 billion in clean-up costs, far exceeding the insurance held by Enbridge.

The NEB approval comes after a massive campaign of resistance along the entire route of the pipeline from Sarnia to Montreal. In its decision, the NEB acknowledged the concerns highlighted by intervenors, and outlined a number of conditions for Enbridge to follow. However, these conditions largely just reinforce existing standards, and provide for Enbridge’s non-compliance. They do not address the failure of Enbridge and the federal government to engage in consultation with Indigenous nations nor do they identify the treaty violations inherent to the project. Additionally, the requests made by the Ontario Ministry of Energy and numerous other intervenors are not incorporated into these conditions.

Even though the NEB decision has been made, grassroots groups along Line 9 are continuing to resist the implementation of Enbridge’s project. As Avery comments, “Dilbit is not yet flowing through the line, so we will continue to challenge Enbridge’s project and work to defend the watershed and uphold our treaty obligations.”
Among these efforts, Rising Tide-Toronto is calling for people to sign a Line 9 Pledge of Resistance, which asks people to pledge to engage in civil disobedience to protect communities, land, and water from tar sands and fracked oil in the pipeline.

The campaign can be found at http://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/line-9-pledge-of-resistance

Local coalition rallies to demand Grand River Conservation Authority Board take action against Enbridge Line 9 tar sands pipeline project

Dates: 
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 04:30

Press Release - September 27, 2013 Contact: Adam Lewis - Phone: 226-476-1038

WHAT: Rally and delegation to GRCA opposing Enbridge's Line 9 reversal
WHEN: Friday, September 27, 8:30 a.m
WHERE: Grand River Conservation Authority Head Office, 400 Clyde Rd., Cambridge

Cambridge, ON (Sept. 27, 2013) -- This morning, the Waterloo Region Coalition Against Line 9 is rallying at the GRCA head office during the Board of Directors meeting, joined by community members from throughout the Grand River watershed. The Coalition will present their declaration against Enbridge’s plans to pump tar sands bitumen through the Waterloo Region and Grand River watershed via the Line 9 pipeline. The declaration is now signed by over 25 local community, environmental, and public interest organizations, small businesses, and over 550 individuals, but is not yet supported by the GRCA.

“Transporting diluted bitumen through the Region threatens our drinking water and ecosystems,” says Coalition spokesperson Adam Lewis. “The GRCA is responsible for protecting our watershed, and must step up to the plate to fulfill its mandate and keep tar sands bitumen out of our region. We can’t afford a disaster like the spill in Michigan in 2010.”

The 2010 rupture of Enbridge pipeline Line 6B spilled more than 3 million litres of diluted tar sands bitumen into the Kalamazoo river and is the largest inland oil spill in American history, with cleanup costs of over $1 billion USD. Lewis continues, “Enbridge is still cleaning up this mess that made many people sick and killed many animals and plants. Line 9’s design is just as old and flawed as Line 6B. The question isn’t whether or not Line 9 will spill, but when.”

Press Release: Climate Change Containment Unit Responds to Mock Enbridge Oil Spill

Press Release September 25, 2013
Media Contact: Sally Jefferson | 226-476-1038 | cccu.ontario@gmail.com

CAMBRIDGE —The Climate Change Containment Unit (CCCU) is on scene at the Grand River in North Dumfries today as Enbridge's Line 9 is being subject to an emergency response exercise in anticipation of the 38-year-old pipeline's eventual failure. CCCU spokesperson Sally Jefferson says, “The CCCU is bringing its years of experience with destructive tar sands operations to help mitigate the damage of the pipeline rupture forecast by today's exercise.”

The National Energy Board will decide later this fall on Enbridge's proposal to transport tar sands bitumen and volatile fracked oil from the Bakken fields through Line 9, which has already spilled 12 times in its operational history. “When Enbridge spills, rivers are killed,” says Jefferson, “and today Enbridge is simulating the death of the Grand River.”

She explains, “Line 9 crosses the Grand and Nith Rivers, and a spill—like the one simulated today on the territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River—would compromise the health and safety of the entire watershed and all living beings who depend on it.”

Local Coalition Declares Opposition to Line 9

GRIS Newsletter: No Line 9 Update

Line 9 campaign, and to ask for your support. First, here’s some basic background about the Enbridge Line 9 project that we are opposing (for more check out http://noline9wr.ca ).

Line 9 Info

Line 9 is a 38-year-old pipeline that crosses the Waterloo Region. Enbridge Inc. has applied to pump tar sands through the pipeline, which would threaten life around and downstream from the pipeline route. To bring tar sands from Alberta, Enbridge will also have to reverse the flow through the pipeline. If Enbridge has their way, Line 9 would carry a form of tar sands known as diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”). The pipeline was not built to transport this corrosive and toxic compound, which is a major threat to communities and ecosystems.  Importantly, the reversal of the pipeline violates current treaties with Indigenous communities, both within the Haldimand Tract (Six Nations' territory) and elsewhere along the route.

In October, the National Energy Board will be reviewing Enbridge’s application to pump tar sands through Line 9 and to reverse the flow through the pipeline. GRIS has Intervenor Status and will be presenting at the NEB hearings.

In September, Line 9 will also be on the agenda at sessions for the Region of Waterloo and the Grand River Conservation Authority, with the goal of getting both bodies to declare opposition to the Line 9 project.

See the campaign web site for further information about Line 9: http://noline9wr.ca/  

Smash the State Report: July 5, 2013

We highlight the inspiring resistance by womyn to the tar sands, KXL, and Line9, then update on the anti-fracking actions in NB, talk about sci-fi Debt and more!

Smash the State Report: June 28, 2013

Updates on SwampLine9 pipeline blockade +related country wide solidarity. Anti-fracking actions in Elsipogtog + near the Maine border. Border security news + Haudenosaunee Sovereignty and more!

Smash the State Report: June 21, 2013

Swamping Line 9 in Ontario as sovereignty summer kicks off with the occupation of an enbridge pumping terminal. Another pipeline break in N Alberta w/ the devastation of 42ha of wilderness.

Smash the State Report: June 14, 2013 and an Interview w Poet Janice Lee

Solidarity to those resisting G8 + the security state in Ireland, as the PRISM state in NA is revealed. Fracking + pipelines resistance updates and an interview w/ KW based poet Janice Lee.

Smash the State Report: June 7, 2013

I Choose Dignity campaign kicks off in KW as struggles against gentrification proliferate across On + Qc. A few new tar sands absurdities, a plea to help bees, some slam poetry, and other newies!

AW@L Radio - Smash the State Report: Apr. 12, 2013 - 2 - No Casino KW + Defending the Land.

Show starts w/ Dan's 'No Casino in KW' letter then goes to the fights against toxic/radioactive energy extraction, transportation, + storage. Indigenous battles against colonsialism too...

AW@L Radio: Smash the State Report - Feb. 1, 2013

Anti-tar sands day of action targeting pipelines and two row marches in Ontario lead into updates from NOII, duets from Howl, G20 jail, and nuclear Greenland, and more!

AW@L Radio - Smash The State Report: Jan. 25, 2013

support the hunger strike at Penetang prison then listen to news about Honduran mining laws, Mapuche resistance, resource extraction plans in NA, pissed off scientists + more!

Still Resisting Reversal: Stopping Tar Sands Line 9 Pipe in Ontario

Paisley Cozzarin of Stop the Tar Sands Waterloo talks ontario resistance to the enbridge line 9 reversal project and looks at the pipeline specs.

Defending the Land Dispatch - 2012-11-30

Resisting Condos and Pipelines in bc and ontario dominates this episode, including pacific trails, line 9, the victory at Marpole Midden, and the model for Tutela Heights, and more!

Resisting reversal: Stopping the tar sands in Ontario

An interview with Stop the Tar Sands KW representative Paisley Cozzarin on the proposed flow reversal of the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline in southern Ontario to precipitate shipping tar sands crude east.

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