Enbridge Line 9 Reversal

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There is a new tar sands pipeline in town and it goes right through Durham

Click here for the pipeline route through Durham - pdf file

Unlike the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Colombia and the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline in the US, the Line 9 pipeline already exists. For over thirty years Line 9 has pumped conventional oil from Montreal through southern Quebec and southern Ontario to oil refineries in Sarnia, Ontario. Enbridge (operator of Line 9 and the company behind the Northern Gateway project) wants to reverse the flow of Line 9 (i.e.. flow from Sarnia to Montreal) so tar sands crude can be sent to Montreal. From Montreal, it looks like the plans are to pipe tar sands crude through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to be exported by tanker from Portland, Maine. Plans for the Montreal-Portland pipeline are conditional on the Line 9 reversal being approved. And that's why Americans are not a big fan of Line 9 either.

Ontario (as well as Quebec) both have a chance and a choice in regards to Line 9. Ontarians could choose to throw their arms up in the air and say "what you gonna do?" The pipeline already exists so there is no way to stop its construction.  The vast majority of tar sands crude in Line 9 will be exported so Ontarians can take some comfort in the fact that they will not be filling up their cars with "dirty oil" from the tar sands.

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.

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