What you can do about Line 9

  1. Attend our public information meeting on Thurs. Mar. 21 at Ajax Town Hall - see full info below.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the route. (click for detailed maps)
  3. You can review Enbridge's application at www.neb-one.gc.ca under Major Applications and Projects:
    Enbridge Pipelines Inc. – Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion Project. (right hand side of the page). It is apparently also available at the Oshawa Public Library.
  4. Send comments to the NEB before Mar. 21 concerning the List of Issues that they will consider at the hearings. There's not much time for this as your comments must be received by the board by noon on the 21st as well as a hard copy served on Enbridge.
  5. Send a letter or email to the NEB requesting an Information Session - the more requests they get, the more likely they will hold one here in Durham Region. "These sessions are intended to assist people to better understand and participate in a Board hearing process, but are not a forum for discussing the merits or substance of the application. Persons interested in future sessions should contact the Process Advisor."

    Michael Benson, Process Advisor
    National Energy Board
    Telephone 403-299-1992 or at the toll free number 1-800-899-1265
    Email Michael.Benson@neb-one.gc.ca

A New 38-year-old Environmental Concern

Did you know that there was an oil pipeline running clear across Durham Region from Pickering to Clarington? Line 9, as it is known, has been there for 38 years carrying conventional crude oil between refineries in Sarnia to Montreal.

for more info on Line 9, see Derek Leahy's article under Current Issues

However, Enbridge (the owner) has now applied to the National Energy Board to allow the pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Alberta, which is heavier, more viscous and more corrosive than conventional crude. Can an old pipeline handle it?

DurhamCLEAR is hosting a public information meeting on the subject:

Thursday, March 21, 7pm
Council Chambers - Town of Ajax Municipal Building, 65 harwood Ave. S.
guest speaker from Environmental Defense
Everyone Welcome

click on the graphic at right for a printable flyer/poster

Top of mind in any discussion of this pipeline is the rupture in 2010 of a similar Enbridge owned pipeline which spilled more than 3 million litres of heavy crude into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. Almost 3 years and more than $750 million later, the cleanup continues and parts of the Kalamazoo River remain closed.

The major concern of this pipeline across Durham is that it crosses  numerous creeks and rivers flowing into Lake Ontario.

Environmental Movie Presentation

"Garbage-The Revolution starts at Home"

Friday, March 1, 7:00pm
St. Paul's United Church
178 Church St (at Silver St.), Bowmanville

"pay what you can"

Watch the Trailer

Important Meetings re Sewage outfall from Duffin Creek Plant

For background information for these meetings see:
"Expanded Duffins Creek Oufall" under Current Issues in the menu

See also Town of Ajax webpage for Online Video & more information

Please read the information referenced above and attend the PIFs below

Tuesday, February 26, 5pm to 8pm - formal presentation at 6:30
East Shore Community Centre, 910 Liverpool Rd, Pickering, Meeting Rms 1&2
Region of Durham Public Information Forum

Wednesday, February 27, 5pm to 8pm - formal presentation at 6:30
Ajax - McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Dr
Region of Durham Public Information Forum

These 2 meetings are requirements of the EA and the Region wil try to script them closely, so we need to be ready with good questions that will lead away from their "business-as-usual' agenda

We're back online

If you've tried to access this website at any time in the last few months you will have found that it was 'down'.

When we set the site up back in 2010, it was done in a hurry and was a 'fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants' project. Right from the beginning there were problems and over the ensuing couple of years, they compounded. It was being held together with the proverbial 'chewing gum and rubber bands'.

When it 'broke' a couple of months ago. it was clear it needed a complete overhaul - pulling back the layers, testing and rebuilding.

Although I suspect that there are still some problems lurking, we are now back online.

In the process we've changed the registration procedure so that people's user names will be their actual names. This is because we believe in transparency - both for our politicians and the people who would comment on them. If you were registered before, that information is gone and you will have to register again and choose a new password.

There have been numerous developments on the environmental fronts in our 'downtime' and a number of these are included under the Current Issues menu.

DC to clean up mouth of Tooley Creek as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Please join us to help clean up Lake Ontario. Join us for a BarBQ on the beach when we finished

Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 am (rain date - Sunday, Sept 23)
Mouth of Tooley Creek, Courtice (S on Courtice Rd. to the Lake) see map

Register online at http://shorelinecleanup.ca/en/cleanup/event/fall2012/mouth-tooley-creek. Registering will be helpful so that we know how many to expect but feel free to come regardless.


Annual Meeting

DurhamCLEAR held its annual general meeting on Thursday, Aug 16.

The following reports were presented:

The following executive was elected by acclamation

President: Doug Anderson
Vice-President: Stacey Leadbetter
Treasurer: Paul Kuebler
Secretary: Pat Kuebler

The business portion of the meeting was followed by a showing of the documentary film Sharkwater which paints a very distinctly different picture of sharks from the scaryone we are accustomed to. Instead it shows sharks as an essential part of the ocean ecosystem which is ultimately responsible for most of the oxygen we breathe.

We urge all environmentally engaged individuals to sign the pledge form on the Sharkwater website

Sharkwater documentary at AGM

Annual General Meeting
Thurs. Aug. 16, 7:00pm
Whitby Public Library, Room 1B
(Hwy 2/Dundas St at Henry)

Come out to hear hear our plans for the coming year

After a short meeting, (elections, financial and other reports, etc.), we will then be showing:

Click the image to view the trailer

Winner of 22 International Awards
"The one animal we fear the most is the one we can't do without"

 This is the film that includes Sea Shepherd Society's Paul Watson's (Whale Wars) encounter with the Costa Rican Coastguard which led to his recent arrest in Germany

Everybody welcome: refreshments - tea, coffee, goodies

EFWAC hears presentation on reduced waste volumes

DurhamCLEAR president, Doug Anderson took his presentation on reduced waste volumes to the EFW Advisory Committee on July 18.

The members of EFWAC are primarily senior staff within the local municipalities in Durham And York and as such they constituted a new set of eyes and ears for this important information.

The presentation is atached HERE in pdf format

Annual General Meeting set for August 16

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 7pm
Whitby Public Library, Main Branch, Room 1B

405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario (At Henry). 

The following Executive Positions will be up for Election: President, Vice-President, Treasurer & Secretary

If you would like to run for one of these positions, please note that:

1.      You must be a member of DurhamCLEAR. (Note that if you want to vote at the annual Meeting you must have been a member for at least 30 days.)

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