LINE 9 UPDATE: Opposition continues from Sarnia to Montreal!
1. On September 3rd, Enbridge's Port Hope Line 9 hydrostatic testing site was shut
down for the day by demonstrators from across southern Ontario! This action
sent a clear message that Line 9 cannot be made acceptable by performing
safety tests since it supports tar sands and fracking expansion. The Port
Hope site was the last of three mandated testing segments, so demonstrators
seized the opportunity to intervene in what is likely the last planned work
site for Line 9. The first hydrostatic testing site, in Mirabel, Quebec,
was also protested in August as work took place
showing that there is opposition all along the line.
For more on yesterday's action, check out
2. Also, a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the fundraiser barbeque
for the Chippewas of the Thames legal challenge to Line 9! We raised almost
$400 for the legal fund. A decision on their appeal is expected this fall.
In the meantime, help keep the pressure on by making this issue visible on
social media—share articles and voice your support for their challenge and
more broadly for Indigenous rights and settler responsibility for
consultation. Check out and use the #Line9 and #NoLine9 hashtags on social
media. For more information, updates, and useful links on Line 9, head over
3. Finally, the Toxic Tour of the “chemical valley” that surrounds the
Aamjiwnaang reserve is happening THIS weekend! Line 9 starts there, as do
many pipelines, which along with other petrochemical facilities poison this
community. The tour is an important opportunity to see firsthand the
impacts of this industry and hear from a frontline Indigenous community
working to oppose it. Buses are traveling there from Waterloo on Friday and
Saturday. For info and to save a seat (there aren't many left, so sign up
now!) go to http://wpirg.org/uncategorized/chemical-valley-toxic-tour-2015/
The resistance to Line 9 and other tar sands-facilitating pipelines
continues across Turtle Island!