Email us at


Thursday, March 6, 2014

NEB approves Line 9 reversal to carry dilbit / no independent environmental assessment

Roberta Cory - 250-220-1763
March 6, 2014

The Council of Canadians London Chapter condemned the National Energy Board (NEB) today for approving Enbridge’s Line 9 proposal to ship diluted bitumen in their forty-year-old pipeline between Sarnia and Montreal and is urging Premier Kathleen Wynne to prevent the controversial project from going forward. 
“Pipeline safety expert Richard Kuprewicz testified to the NEB that Line 9 has a high risk of rupture if the project goes ahead” said chapter spokesperson Roberta Cory.  “Line 9 passes though hundreds of communities and rivers that flow right into the Great Lakes and Enbridge still hasn’t finished cleaning up after their last massive diluted bitumen spill in the Kalamazoo River four years ago. Line 9 crosses Hyde Park Rd., Richmond Rd. near Birr, Highbury Rd., and the Thames River at Plover Mills just north of Fanshawe Lake.  Are our first responders prepared for a massive chemical spill, are our hospitals prepared to take the injured, and have we budgeted for this type of emergency?"
“How can the NEB allow an accident prone company to pump some of the dirtiest oil on the planet through an ancient pipeline across the drinking water supply of millions of people?” ” said Rod Morley. “The NEB is clearly just a rubber stamp for big oil. Now it is the absolute duty of the province to protect our drinking water. Premier Wynne must step in to prevent a catastrophe.”

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens advocacy group with more than 60 chapters across the country and 11 chapters near Line 9 including London, Guelph, Brantford, Hamilton, Peel Region, York University, Toronto, Northumberland, Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Brockville and Montreal.
  For more information contact:
         Roberta Cory - (250-220-1763)
  Rod Morley - (519-872-0008)
  Geoff Crealock - (519-433-4284)

No comments: