Stop Line 9! Local coalition takes message to Regional Council, urges action against Enbridge Line 9 tar sands pipeline project

Join the Waterloo Region Against Line 9 Campaign for a friendly rally outside of the Regional Council! We will presenting our declaration and petition to the council and pushing for a resolution from the region to oppose line 9.

Come out and show your opposition to the Line 9 pipeline reversal and help push council to come out against the project.

We also invite people to come into the council building in a visual display of support when we present.
The Council meeting is at 7pm.

We’ll tell our children Line 9 was good for the economy

By Janice Lee
Originally in the Waterloo Record, August 13, 2013

When in the near future, the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline spills bitumen from Alberta's oilsands into the Grand River, we'll tell our children we agreed to reverse the flow of a 37-year-old pipeline because, well, it was good for the economy.

We won't mention that it didn't create any long-lasting jobs for Waterloo Region.

We won't mention that the Grand River is the watershed from which local farms draw water to cultivate the food we eat.

About Line 9

Line 9 is a 39-year-old pipeline that crosses the Waterloo Region. Enbridge Inc. has applied to send tar sands through the pipeline, which would threaten life around and downstream from the pipeline. To bring tar sands from Alberta, Enbridge also will be reversing the flow through the pipeline (so that it flows from west to east, rather than east to west).

Declaration of Opposition to Enbridge’s Reversal of Line 9

Waterloo Region campaigners have prepared the following declaration against the line 9 reversal, which 789 people signed online and hundreds more signed on paper.

Line 9 is a 38-year-old pipeline that has been transporting light crude oil between Montreal, Quebec, and Sarnia, Ontario. The pipeline runs through hundreds of communities, the territories of many Indigenous nations, and dozens of watersheds, including the Grand River. Enbridge Inc. has applied to reverse the flow of the pipeline and send diluted bitumen (dilbit), a form of heavy crude from the tar sands, through Line 9. This will threaten life around and downstream from the pipeline.
Line 9 was not built to withstand the transport of diluted bitumen, a toxic compound that poses a particularly dire threat to communities and ecosystems. In 2010, a break in the nearly identical Enbridge pipeline in Kalamazoo, MI, caused the largest inland oil spill in American history, which the company is still struggling to clean up three years later. When Enbridge proposed essentially the same project as the Line 9 reversal in 2008, under the name Trailbreaker, it was successfully opposed based on safety concerns. Just because Enbridge is currently seeking approval for the project piece by piece—the reversal of the first half last year, and the second half plus the transport of bitumen this year—there is no reason for us to accept it now. The threats remain just as serious.



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