Successful Line 9 Public Meetings

Three public meetings were held in Bowmanville, Whitby & Pickering July 23, 24, 25, 2013. The Powerpoint presentation can be viewed HERE. (Note this is a very large file.) Participants were then asked to express their opinions of Enbridge's pipeline proposal on a questionnaire.

A total of 26 questionnaires were submitted.

Results: Note - Answers do not add up to 26 because not all people answered all questions and a few people indicated duplicate answers.

When did you first hear about line 9?
8  more than a year ago,         15  less than a year ago,         2  ads/information for this meeting

Where did you first find out about Line 9?
9  Newspaper   1  TV    1  radio    11  Email/Internet    4  Stories/ads about this meeting

Have you attended any previous meetings on Line 9?
1 - Enbridge Information Meeting Whitby/Clarington  June 19
1 - NEB information meeting - Ajax Town Hall April 9
2 - DurhamCLEAR Info Mtg -Ajax Town Hall March 21
2 - Enbridge Presentation to Council Meeting    0  Ajax   0  Whitby   3  Regional

Are you opposed to further expansion of the oil sands in Alberta?       21 Yes       2 No

Prior to this meeting, how would you rate your level of knowledge about this issue?
answers were on a 7-point scale with the distribution as follows
very poorly informed    1   3   3   5   9   3   3   highly informed

Assuming that oil will continue to be transported in large quantities, Rank the following options as the most appropriate transportation method for oil?
Totals of all the individual rankings were added together (in brackets) to determine the overall rankings
#1 (34) New ‘modern’ pipeline built farther north away from populated areas and avoiding environmentally sensitive areas
#2 (49) New Pipeline on the current alignment rebuilt to ‘modern’ standards
#3 (64) Rail & Road transport
#4 (66) Current Pipeline “as-is” with increased safety, more valves, better leak detection and emergency response
#5 (87) Current Pipeline “as-is”

Rate Canada’s regulations for transportation of hazardous materials like crude oil:
14  Grossly inadequate     9  Inadequate     2  About Right      0  Too Strict      0  Oppressive

What are your principle concerns about Line 9?
21  Safety and protection of people and their property
23  Protection of the Environment and wildlife habitat
14  Greenhouse gases
10  Economic growth and prosperity

Check as many of these options as you feel appropriate
0    Spills are just a cost of doing business
14  With proper monitoring and better regulation, spills could be virtually eliminated
20  Avoidable spills of hazardous materials should be regarded as criminal acts with executives subject to heavy fines and possibly imprisonment
 

Should the Ontario government require Enbridge to undergo a full Environmental Assessment on these changes to Line 9?       23  Yes      1   No

In regards to Enbridge’s application to reverse the flow of Line 9, the NEB should:
11  deny the application
0    allow the application without conditions
14  allow the application, but with conditions
    13  upgraded to ‘modern’ structural standards
    13  better emergency response times to a spill - how long - 15 min x 3, 30 min x 1, 30-60min x 2
    11  more frequent In Line Inspections and timely correction of any defects
    11  better detection of ‘small’ leaks - 3 barrels per minute or less
    11  increase the number of remotely controlled valves
        8  both banks of all watercourses
        1  average 10 km apart               6  average 5 km apart

In regards to Enbridge’s application to increase the capacity of Line 9 to 300,000 barrels per day, the NEB should:
16  deny the application
0   allow the application without conditions
8   allow the application, but with conditions
    8  upgraded to ‘modern’ structural standards
    6  better emergency response times to a spill - how long _____________________
    6  more frequent In Line Inspections and timely correction of any defects
    4  better detection of ‘small’ leaks - 3 barrels per minute or less
    6  increase the number of remotely controlled valves
        3  both banks of all watercourses
        1  average 10 km apart               3  average 5 km apart

In regards to Enbridge’s application to carry dilbit in Line 9, the NEB should:
15  deny the application
0    allow the application without conditions
7    allow the application, but with conditions
    6  upgraded to ‘modern’ structural standards
    6  better emergency response times to a spill - how long  - 15 min x1,, 30-60 min x 1
    4  more frequent In Line Inspections and timely correction of any defects
    5  better detection of ‘small’ leaks - 3 barrels per minute or less
    5  increase the number of remotely controlled valves
        1  both banks of all watercourses
        1  average 10 km apart               4  average 5 km apart

Following this meeting, do you have a better understanding of crude oil transportion, and the risk of pipeline leaks?      20  Yes        1  No