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.