This Page is a timeline from September 2013, of events surrounding the diverse campaign to stop the Line 9 project - focusing on events and actions after the rubber stamp approval of the proposal by the industry aligned National Energy Board (NEB).
most recent at the top:
March 10th, 2016:
The Supreme Court of Canada has granted the Chippewas of the Thames leave to appeal a decision of the Federal Court of Appeal relating to an Application before the National Energy Board to repurpose the Line 9 Pipeline. The court will begin hearing the case November 30th 2016.
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation press release:
Recent podcast from Talking Radical Radio: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2016/03/supreme-co...
February 23rd, 2016:
Enbridge's New Hamilton Office Is Filled With Clowns!
From the press release:
In the last several years individuals from across so-called southern Ontario have been resisting the tarsands and local pipeline projects. A diversity of tactics has been employed, and those involved have faced harassment, brutality and arrests for their actions.
So when enbridge decided to open a new office in hamilton, ontario – an area that’s been a hotbed of pipeline resistance - we decided to have some fun and throw them a “welcome” party...
Recognising the similarities between the legal arguments, The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and The Clyde River Inuit will be collaborating in their respective challenges to the NEB's understanding of consultation and consent.
The Clyde River Inuit have challenged the NEB's decision to allow seismic blast testing in cotal waters.
Al-Jazeera wrote up an excellent article:
January 25th, 2016:
Early morning tampering with Line 9 and Line 7 valves near Hamilton.
From the communique:
"in the early hours of january 25, 2016 we found our own courage and took action against enbridge and their line 9. slipping in to a valve station located on traditional Haudenosaunee Territory (in hamilton, ontario) we successfully operated an electronic valve to shut off the flow of tarsands crude in line 9. a line 7 valve, also an enbridge tarsands pipeline, was also tampered with and closed part way. we then disappeared back into the night.”
January 24th, 2016:
"People's Injunction" demonstration in Waterloo which demanded new rules for the NEB which consider Indigenous rights and climate change in their decisions.
January 3rd, 2016:
Night time Line 7 valve closure near Cambridge
From the communique:
"sometime in the night of january 3rd, 2016 individuals stole into the dark near so-called cambridge and used a manual pipeline valve to restrict the flow of enbridge's line 7. we then applied our own locking devices to delay response time.
line 7 is another recently-expanded tarsands pipeline operated by enbridge, running parallel to line 9 & flowing 180,000 bpd of tarsands crude."
December 21st, 2015:
From the press release:
At 7:30 this morning, individuals used the manual hand wheel at a valve site to shut off the flow of oil through line 9 as an act of protest. They have locked themselves on site to prevent the operation of the pipeline.
Three brave friends, Vanessa Gray from Anishinaabek Nation and two allies, shut down #Line9. Without the consent of Indigenous peoples, Enbridge’s line 9 pumps deadly bitumen through Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lenape, and Métis territories between Aamijiwnaang and Kahnawake. Serious criminal charges have been laid against all three.
December 16th, 2015:
80 groups call on Trudeau to halt Enbridge's Line 9
December 7th, 2015:
Quebec activists manually closed a valve on the line 9 pipeline, forcing Enbridge to shutdown the line for the day.
From the press release:
"On December 7, we shut it down. Literally. Most media reported that Enbridge shut down Line 9 as a “precautionary measure”, but we know better. We closed the valve manually. This is historic: to our knowledge, this is the first time that activists have manually shut down a pipeline. Who would have thought that it be so simple?"
Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in Assembly pass a resolution to support COTTFN leave to appeal to the Supreme Court
December 5th, 2015:
Waterloo resident Rachel Thevenard begins her @RunAgainstLine9, departing from Sarnia and running the 700km length of the pipeline to its terminal Montreal.
December 3rd, 2015:
Having obtained the official leave to open from the NEB, Enbridge starts pushing oil through line 9. :(
November 29th, 2015:
On November 29th 2015, people gathered at Waterloo Town Square to speak out about our climate, changes we need to make, and the importance of working together, including supporting the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in their challenge to line 9, especially ahead of the COP 21 meetings in Paris
Ontario Chiefs in Assembly pass a resolution to support Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in their leave to appeal to the Supreme Court
Anishinabek Nation Chiefs in Assembly pass a resolution to support Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in their leave to appeal to the Supreme Court
November 13th, 2015:
Enbridge Ground Control Plan submitted to NEB, requesting less inspections - https://docs.neb-one.gc.ca/ll-eng/llisapi.dll/fetch/2000/90464/90552/922...
October 20th, 2015:
The Federal Court of Appeal dismisses the action brought on by COTTFN
October 10th, 2015:
Protesters marched through the streets of Montreal Saturday afternoon to denounce the Energy East and Enbridge Line 9 pipelines.
October 7th, 2015:
Prior to the Waterloo premier of the documentary This Changes Everything on October 7th, 2015, a #NoLine9 demonstration was held in the uptown square which called on the Canadian government, the national energy board, and the Enbridge pipeline company to stop moving forward with the line 9 pipeline project until the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation has their demand for proper consultation met.
September 3rd, 2015:
Activists disrupted a work site outside of Port Hope, Ontario, yesterday where Enbridge is testing its Line 9 pipeline. Enbridge reps need to demonstrate that the 40-year-old pipeline is safe to carry 300,000 barrels a day of diluted tar sands bitumen between Sarnia and Montreal.
June 29th, 2015:
Demonstrators sprawled on the floor of Finch subway station amid rush-hour foot-traffic, in a 'die-in', Monday morning to protest line 9 which runs right through the TTC hotspot.
June 18th, 2015:
Enbridge sells line 9 to Enbridge
June 16th, 2015:
The federal court of appeal hears the case brought against line 9 by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
While the courtroom was packed with supporters, several hundred people rallied outside the courthouse to express their support for the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in their battle against the federal government, the NEB, and enbridge.
June 15th, 2015:
A very long No Line 9! banner hangs for 5 hours in a Montreal rail compound as activists occupy the top of the structure, delaying operations at the facility.
June 14th, 2015:
Over 40 groups sign an open Letter in Support of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s court challenge of Line 9 Pipeline and in support of First Nation's Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.
June 3rd, 2015:
Stan Beardy, the Ontario Regional Chief, calls on the NEB to stop line 9 until the legal challenges are settled.
June 3rd, 2015:
The National Energy Board dismisses the Stay Application filed by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
December 15th, 2014:
A day of action against tar sands profiteers sees over a dozen businesses targeted by individuals in 9 southern Ontario cities. The Press Release says Closed for Risky Business: Stop Supporting Toxic Tarsands
“Good people cannot simply watch as the government and big business dismantle protections and poison our communities for profit, so today we call attention to companies that enable Enbridge to continue destroying for profit - their financiers and contractors; their facilitators and publicists. Those who manage their security and their planning, approve their permits and projects – and any other players who passively take part in eco-destruction while operating business as usual.”
October 7th, 2014:
Keeping the pressure on, activists lock down at Montreal oil refinery to protest Enbridge's Line 9, Alberta tar sands.
October 6th, 2014:
Small Victory as NEB rejects enbridge Leave-to-Open request based on not meeting the standards under various approval conditions. Enbridge scrambles to actually complete the work they were told to do after the NEB also rejects the pipeline company’s request to cancel over 100 “integrity” digs.
Statement on toronto.mediacoop.ca from Line 9 grassroots resistance:
September 17th, 2014:
Waterloo Region Against Line 9 returns to Waterloo Regional Council, to update them on Line 9 and to request that council enact a ban on shipping diluted bitumen through the region by pipeline or rail.
for audio and text of the speech visit:
August 28th, 2014:
Toronto city council passes motion to send letter to enbridge asking the company not to ship tar sands crude through the Line 9 pipeline.
August 21st, 2014:
Despite NEB approval of Line 9, opposition continues.
August 11th, 2014:
Line 9 Protests Heat Up with Blockade in North York:
August 5-11th, 2014:
6 Day #damline9 Blockade near Innerkip Ontario.
The site of a proposed valve installation has been occupied since 7am tuesday august 6th. Blockaders are maintaining their commitment to defend the watershed of the Antler (Thames) river and all waterways and ecosystems that Line 9 crosses and that suffer from tar sands extraction. Line 9 is slated to carry tar sands bitumen and fracked bakken shale oil eastward from sarnia to montreal. The risks of these oils poses a grave threat to ecosystems and communities along the line's entire route.
@NoLine9WR: good video from first day of the #damline9 blockade - #noline9 #line9 #nopipelines #tarsands #cdnpoli - /vimeo.com/102781813
Interview with Lana on #DailyGRRR!: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/awl/2014/08/dam-line-9-interview-on-enbr...
Grist.com: Canadian protesters set up camp — politely — along Line 9 pipeline
RT @NoLine9WR: great vid! - #Damline9 Blockade Story: http://youtu.be/H5mWMT15XpA #NoPipelines #TarSands #endEnergyEast #NoKXL #noline9 #line9
Short Video from Concert:
Vice.com: This is What a Blockade Looks Like before it gets raided
John Bonnar Audio Blog interview with Dan:
Rachel Avery + @dankellar speak on California’s KPFK after #damline9 raid #noline9 @KPFK's @sotrueradio. #noPipelines #TarSands #ClimateChange
July 17th, 2014:
Integrity Dig in Haudenosaunee Territory (North Dumfries) Shut Down!
Individuals from Six Nations and their allies interrupted work Thursday and Friday on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began around 10am Thursday morning. Individuals involved asked workers to leave, asserting that the land is Haudenosaunee territory guaranteed under the Haldimand deed, and that Enbridge’s workers were present without consent or consultation.
“Meaningful consultation isn’t just providing information and going ahead without discussion – it’s giving the opportunity to say no and having a willingness to accommodate,” says Missy Elliot. “This is a continental concern. It’s not just a Six Nations issue or an indigenous issue. We share the responsibility to protect our land and water as human beings.”
Press Release: http://noline9wr.ca/?q=node/33
July 14th, 2014:
Line 9 Integrity Dig in Etobicoke Targeted
On Monday, July 14, members of Rising Tide Toronto blocked another Enbridge “integrity dig” site, successfully preventing the company from conducting work on the site that would bring them one step closer to reversing, and increasing, the flow of oil through the aged Line 9 pipeline. "We know that Enbridge has no integrity, and that Line 9 reversal is an unjust and dangerous project," they stated, vowing further direct action in the face of the company’s ongoing development of this pipeline.
Speaking from the action, they stated, “Today we are taking a stand to say NO to Line 9 and tar sands development. Our collective future has been put at risk by the reckless greed of corporate profiteers. It is our responsibility to combat further destructive projects that push many people and the planet towards imminent danger. For us, right now, that includes saying NO to Tar Sands destruction.”
More Coverage can be found at:
June 10th, 2014:
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Line 9 Appeal Moves Forward
On Tuesday, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario announced that it had won a motion to appeal the National Energy Board Decision of the controversial line 9 pipeline reversal project.
The Line 9 pipeline reversal project was approved by the NEB in March 2014 despite overwhelming evidence presented by opponents to the project showing a 90% likelihood of failure of the pipeline and the complete lack of consultation with or consent from impacted Indigenous peoples along the pipeline route.
The press release says that there was no consultation with the Chippewas despite the pipeline crossing the Thames river in the heart of their territory which provides a source of drinking water to the First Nation. Chippewas of the Thames Chief, Joe Miskokomon, feels that the time is right to begin a wider dialogue on a principled approach to natural resources and safer energy projects involving First Nations.
The release continues :
Chief Miskokomon is of the view that, “We know that there is a lot of public debate about oil pipelines because we are beginning to see that the old ways of doing business are no longer acceptable because of issues like global climate change and species extinction. Our elders have taught us that when we don’t respect Mother Earth our actions will come back to us”.
In the coming weeks, Chippewas of the Thames will be launching a campaign to to support its appeal which calls on various industries and governments to seek a new way of doing business that draws upon First Nations values and honours the original treaty relationship.
“We need the public and First Nations across this country to see this appeal as an opportunity to lend their support to Chippewa, and to strongly encourage government and industry to pursue alternative approaches to address how natural resources are developed to benefit the seventh generation”, concludes Chief Miskokomon.
With this recent action, the campaign against the Line 9 tarsands and fracked oil pipeline continues.
You can read more about this story and First Nations’ rejection of Line 9 at the Two Row Times and the Toronto Star.
Demand the NEB respect Indigenous rights and support the appeal:
June 3rd, 2014: New study shows Line 9 and Energy East are all risk and no reward for Quebec:
May 10th, 2014:
No Integrity, No Digs! Blockade in Burlington
On May 20th 2014 protesters shut down an ‘integrity’ dig outside of Burlington for 12 hours to represent the over 12,000 anomalies detected by Enbridge ‘pigs’ during pipeline
May 10th, 2014:
Toxic Tour in Aamjiwnaang:
On Saturday May 10th, Youth from the Aamjiwnaang first nation led a “toxic tour” of the lands surrounding their reserve just outside of Sarnia. About 40 participants took part in the walk which is used as a way to educate settlers and other indigenous people about the impacts the petroleum industry has had on the tiny reserve, which is surrounded by 63 chemical-processing complexes.
One stop of the tour was at the community burial site which itself is surrounded by the sprawling Suncor facility on one side, a benzene clean-up area on another, and a 300 foot flare stack in the back.
The waterloo region coalition against #line9 went down to see the Terminus of the proposed Tar Sands pipeline and reported a “devastating look into ongoing environmental racism in Canada.”
The Tour ended in with a friendship meal in the Aamjiwnaang community centre.
May 10th, 2014: National Day of Action Against Tar Sands, Line 9 and Fracking:
May 10th-June 14th, 2014:
March for Mother Earth in QC
April 25th, 2014:
March For Mother Earth Panel, Quebec:
April 9th, 2014:
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Launches Legal Battle Against Line 9 Process and Decision:
Support the appeal:
April 7th, 2014:
Ex-Environment Minister Twitter account deleted after shameful debate on Line 9 (play-by-play in photos).
April 1st, 2014:
"I was taught not to touch the water." Vanessa Gray, from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, is first in series of Front line Communities interviews.
April 1st, 2014:
Toronto City Council calls for a comprehensive environmental assessment on Line 9
March 27th, 2014:
Canadian Unitaritan Council asks for an Environmental Assessment of Line 9.
March 24th 2014:
All five lakefront communities in Durham (the ones that Line 9 passes through) have approved motions calling on the province to require a proper environmental assessment on Line 9, and in addition, asking that the pipeline be upgraded over a reasonable time period to 3/8" thickness rather than the current 1/4" That constitutes 97% of the existing pipe.Durham 5 municipalities by March 24 2014; Pickering was last on March 24
March 19th 2014:
No Line 9 Demo in the Montreal Chamber of Commerce
March 7th, 2014:
Pledge of Resistance!
March 6th, 2014:
NEB decision allows Enbridge to undertake their project despite environmental concerns, economic risks, and absence of consultation or consent.
March 6th, 2014:
the Town of Ajax resolved to support the conditions set out by the Province of Ontario, request that the Province require the project to undergo individual environmental assessment if the NEB does not require this, to designate pipeline’s route through Durham all a high consequence area, and to establish enbridge oil pipeline emergency response crew in Durham
March 4th, 2014:
City of Kingston resolved that Province conduct a full EA and endorsed the Province’s conditions (pp 21-22 of this https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/3890800/COU_Minutes-1014.pdf)
March 3rd, 2014:
The Municipality of Clarington resolved to support the conditions set out by the Province of Ontario, and to request thicker pipeline through high consequence areas and to establish enbridge oil pipeline emergency response crew in Durham
February 21st, 2014:
Waterloo Region Against Line 9 Follows Up by delivering Line 9: Not Worth the Risk! Report Launch.
- Statements from CKMS, Poverty Makes Us Sick, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, and Report Author Sakura.
February 24th, 2014:
CTV released an investigative report noting among other things, Line 9 has had 35 significant spills in Under 40 Years. Up to this point, Enbridge was claiming line 9 had only spilled 12 times.
January 31st 2014:
The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) are challenging the project and accusing Enbridge of “fundamentally rebuilding and repurposing the [company’s] aging oil infrastructure” through multiple separate steps that should all be examined together including flow expansions in Lines 9a, 9b and 7, replacement projects on Lines 10 and 11, and hundreds of “integrity digs”. (this is from a filing re: line 11
More on local resistance to Line 9 check out the article from GRIS members Rachel Avery and Dan Kellar in the January edition of the Dominion
#LockDownLine9: Toronto activists lock down to equipment at Enbridge Line 9 river crossing
Montreal protestors stage "No Line 9" demo in solidarity with Toronto Lockdown
October 19th, 2013:
Street March Against Line 9 in Toronto.
“We need to wake up this country because I don’t think they really understand. They’re not getting the right message.”
Protesters made sure Canadians got the right message on Saturday. Despite the fact that the National Energy Board (NEB) cancelled the last day of the Line 9 hearings in Toronto due to “security concerns.”
Hearings to determine whether or not Enbridge will win approval of its plan to reverse Its Line 9 between Sarnia and Montreal, increase capacity to 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day - up from 240,000 barrels - and the right to use the pipeline to move a heavier form of crude from the Alberta Tar Sands.
October 18th, 2013:
NEB Shuts Down Toronto Hearings Amid Protests
October 18th 2013:
Waterloo Region Releases a Statement of Concern to the NEB regarding the line 9 pipeline
October 17th, 2013:
Audio of the Grand River Indigenous Solidairty intervention presentation to the National Energy Board can be found here with the text of the speech here. The GRIS evidence file can be found at this link.
October 16th, 2013:
NEB Hearings start in Toronto today, here's what they won't be hearing.
October 10th, 2013:
Protest Outside NEB Hearing in Montreal Against Line 9 and All Tar Sands Pipelines.
October 9th, 2013:
Montrealers disrupt "anti-democratic" pipeline hearings
In the Lead up to the NEB hearings, the Waterloo Region Against Line 9 Coalition presented to the council of the Region of Waterloo and the board of the Grand River Conservation Authority, 2 actors claiming jurisdiction in the Haldimand Tract.
September 27th, 2013:
Here is audio and text from the Waterloo Region Coalition Against Line 9 presentation to the GRCA visit.
September 25th, 2013:
Climate Change Containment Unit Observes Enbridge’s Farcical “Mock Oil Spill” Exercise on Grand River:
September 17th, 2013:
Here is the audio and text of the speech presented to Waterloo Regional Council by the Waterloo Region Coalition Against Line 9.
September 14th, 2013:
The Municipality of Clarington endorses the Regional Municipality of Durham”s Letter of Comment to the NEB highlighting its concerns with the Line 9 reversal project
September 9, 2013:
Ajax Town Council issued letter of comment to NEB
September 7th, 2013:
Fight on to have New Credit representation at Line 9 Integrity digs:
After Enbridge refused a request by the Mississaugas of New Credit to have an archaeological monitor present at Enbridge's Line 9 Integrity Digs, the First Nation has hired a lawyer to ensure their rights are upheld.