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It looks like Mulcair's support for an east west pipeline is bearing fruit, a win for Mulcair and s defeat for Harper's vision to export jobs out of Canada.



Has anyone in the party seen fit to try and jar Mulcair out of this pipe dream.


Whatever Slumberjack.

It will create jobs in Canada, be good for national unity, protect BCs coastline, and give Mulcair something to brag about.


How is that unity thing working out on the pipeline file between BC and AB. 

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Why would the rest of Canada west - east want a pipeline of the most toxic tar sands product that will inevitably leak or rupture???


 It will create jobs in Canada, be good for national unity, protect BCs coastline .... 

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Boom Boom wrote:

Why would the rest of Canada west - east want a pipeline of the most toxic tar sands product that will inevitably leak or rupture???

*tongue firmly lodged in cheek* but Boom Boom, it is being proposed to save the whales (and the baby seals) from oil tankers foundering in the Gulf of St Lawrence (which, as every televenision documentary on the area reminds us is one of the most hazardous water ways in the world) as they bring their nasty payload up the river to keep the SUVs of our Central Canadian Overlords on the roads and heat their homes over the 11 months of Canadian winter.

Boom Boom, why do you hate cetaceans and pinnipeds so much?


Yeah, never mind all of that Boom Boom.  Just pass the pipe.

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BK and SJ: Laughing


I'll say it again. Mulcair's brain trust need to understand a few of the basics and they seem to keep forgetting them.  First it is a fact that pipelines leak regularly. It is also a fact that bitumen is far more dangerous to lakes and rivers because it sinks and is almost impossible to clean up.  And of course any populated areas will have to put up with the toxic gas cloud that always rises from a filthy bitumen spill. Building a bitumen pipeline like the one that runs through Kalamazoo is an environmental nightmare not a compromise

The NDP needs to come out firmly with a no new development of the tar sands policy and a program to ensure that petro corporations refine the product from the existing developments in Alberta.  I'd of course prefer to see an outright ban on bitumen and coal but I'll concede that is not a policy that could be easily sold.

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Excellent post, krop! Smile


kropotkin1951 wrote:

First it is a fact that pipelines leak regularly. It is also a fact that bitumen is far more dangerous to lakes and rivers because it sinks and is almost impossible to clean up.  And of course any populated areas will have to put up with the toxic gas cloud that always rises from a filthy bitumen spill. Building a bitumen pipeline like the one that runs through Kalamazoo is an environmental nightmare not a compromise

So what are you really trying to say kropotkin? That First Nations, environmentalists, public opinion, etc. will embrace a toxic bitumen pipeline through SK, MB, ON, and QC (thousands of km longer than the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through the same environmentally sensitive areas) contrary to their brethren in northern BC? 

Still scratching my head over that one. ;)



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"...Mulcair hailed the re-election of US President Barack Obama as a victory for 'progressive' forces and policies..."Embarassed


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kropotkin1951 wrote:

First it is a fact that pipelines leak regularly. It is also a fact that bitumen is far more dangerous to lakes and rivers because it sinks and is almost impossible to clean up.  And of course any populated areas will have to put up with the toxic gas cloud that always rises from a filthy bitumen spill. Building a bitumen pipeline like the one that runs through Kalamazoo is an environmental nightmare not a compromise

So what are you really trying to say kropotkin? That First Nations, environmentalists, public opinion, etc. will embrace a toxic bitumen pipeline through SK, MB, ON, and QC (thousands of km longer than the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through the same environmentally sensitive areas) contrary to their brethren in northern BC? 

Still scratching my head over that one. ;)

I just don't understand your post.  I was clearly saying  that the NDP needs to oppose a west east bitumen pipeline.

I don't have clue where you got the idea I was in support of such a stupid idea as the one the OP attributes to Mulcair.


I think that Centrist is with you K. That's my take on what's here.


Good because I could not figure out what he said.  I even asked my wife to read it and she didn't get what he was trying to say.  I suspect there was a bit of sarcasm involved and that often does not come across well in posts.


Yes, I think that's it...


kropotkin1951 wrote:
I just don't understand your post. I was clearly saying that the NDP needs to oppose a west east bitumen pipeline.

Sorry kropotkin, I was full of sarcasm in my previous post. And I agree with you. If BC First Nations, environmentalists, small businesses, communities, general public, etc. oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline running across BC with toxic bitumen laced with toxic condensate that could cause enormous damage to lakes, rivers, streams, etc. WHEN there is a leak/spill... I doubt that the same folk in SK, MB, ON, and QC would support same.

This will not be a pipeline carrying sweet, light crude oil - but bitumen, which is a different kettle of fish. It corrodes the pipeline and when spilt on a waterway it sinks and there is no way that it can be cleaned up.

Now we see the Quebec government also having similar concerns:

Quebec’s Environment Minister says the province could block a project to transport Alberta oil through Quebec if it is found to pose a serious environmental hazard.

“What I see is Alberta wanting to transport its oil on our territory without our consent. … Are we masters of our own territory or not? ” Mr. Breton said before heading into a Parti Québécois caucus meeting, without elaborating further.

“They cannot go over our heads because it’s on our territory and we have environmental reasons to make sure everything goes well,” Mr. Breton said. “If it doesn’t go well, we can’t go ahead. If it goes well, we’ll go ahead. But we need to have all the information.”

Mr. Breton said that environmental concerns in Nebraska over the construction of a pipeline have stalled efforts by Alberta and Ottawa to export crude from the oil sands to the United States. And there’s similar opposition to the construction of a pipeline through British Columbia to export Alberta oil to Asian markets. “Before they come east, we want a say over the matter,” Mr. Breton said.

He said he is concerned an oil spill from an Enbridge pipeline in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2010 could repeat itself in the province. Alberta crude, he said, was found to be more corrosive on older pipelines and could result in spills.

Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet said she wants to be on hand to weigh the full impact of the project, arguing in favour of securing other supply sources for the province.

“There are economic advantages with respect to costs and it also represents an alternate source of supply. But we also have to examine the environmental impact. What kind of oil will be transported in the pipeline? Is it light crude? Will it be conventional oil or not? We are still waiting for answers,” she said.


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Gerry Caplan on P&P tonight pretty clearly condemned Mulcair for not standing up to the tar sands, and for not being more aggressive for sustainable alternatives. "Apparently Mulcair is against Northern Gateway, but for the west-east pipeline. Is he for pipelines, or not?" and, "A good part of his base in the NDP are scratching their heads over Mulcair".


ETA: I think supporters of the NDP will probably go to the Greens if Mulcair is indeed supporting tar sands development by proposing this west-east pipeline.

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Marois, Redford to discuss Enbridge at premiers’ gathering’

QUEBEC – Premiers Pauline Marois of Quebec and Alison Redford of Alberta will meet in Halifax Thursday evening to discuss the plan by Enbridge Inc. to reverse an existing pipeline to bring Western Canada crude oil to Montreal’s Suncor Energy Inc. refinery.

Quebec Environment Minister Daniel Breton has expressed reservations about the plan, which would transport heavy bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands, saying the project would face Quebec’s environmental approval process.

But Marois was more non-committal on Thursday.....


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Redeye - Co-op Radio: audio

Summary:  The Line 9 pipeline was built to carry oil from Montreal, Quebec to Sarnia, Ontario. But now Enbridge wants to reverse the flow and run tar sands oil east to markets on the eastern seaboard. The company is meeting with opposition from communities along the route. Marilyne Tovar is with Climate Justice Montreal.

http://www.radio4all.net/files/[email protected]/91-1-Enbridge_meets_...

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And Mulcair supports this idea???? Frown


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And Mulcair supports this idea???? Frown

Yes, he does. Easterners will just have to figure out what to do with more good paying oil refinery jobs after the NDP is elected to federal government.

And Mulcair also supports developing a national energy strategy missing from Ottawa since the 1980's.


He is promoting it not just supporting it. I think he is getting very bad advice on many issues and this is one of them.  The idea of Canadian jobs is what he wants to highlight and progressive people want good paying jobs in Canada but unfortunately for him most of the people who might think about voting for the NDP can see the elephant in the room. 


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When Idle No More (and environmental) protests against this idea gain momentum, will Mulcair change his tune?


Here is what I think about it in as few a words as i can manage.

1. I think the western world is on the edge of another recession due to the bad central planning.

2. Austerity does nothing to alleviate the problem and only exacerbates it. And this is actually part of the central planner's end goals. Accordoing to the renegade economists, industrial capitalism was overthrown by financial managers and bankers in the 1980's. As socialists we should want to see the return of industrial capitalism, and even industrial capitalism sans absentee corporate landlords and especially to lessen the influence of marauding international capital on sovereign economic decision making.

3. We need to invest in social welfare programs for all Canadians, and we need "hard currency" generators, like oil and gas exports to pay for it.

4. We need a national energy policy and to make national energy reserves law of the land so that future Canadians do not run out and have to rely on other countries for imports.

5. A balanced economy is probably the best way to achieve the above while reducing energy exports and, at the same time, making polluters pay in addition to raising federal tax revenues from Canadian fossil fuels for export.

6. All Canadians present and future need a sovereign oil wealth fund to curb hot money (marauding international capital) from inflating the loonie artificially to the detriment of Canadian manufacturing.

Canada needs to do its part in achieving what JM Keynes described as disarming international capital. Until then there will be no sovereign democracy in Canada or any other country.

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I'm reading Idle No More's facebook posts - #idlenomore Toxic Tour and die in. Sarnia Ontario Canada just happened. I think it's going to spread through the proposed route of the West - East pipeline.


 ETA: Just got word of a similiar protest outside Sept-Iles, Quebec. About the 450km-long gas pipeline that runs between Jonquière and Sept-Îles. Gaz Metro wants to extend it without the consultation to the Innu people whose land it must cross.


My grand children's  future will not be secured by further development of the tar sands. They are poisoning the planet. The only sane response is to institute a moratorium on new development and stringent regulations that would require the existing operations to clean up the mess they have already created.

Fidel most of what you propose is not possible under NAFTA and the other "trade" deals in place.  You know the ones that the NDP now supports.

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epaulo13 wrote:

Redeye - Co-op Radio: audio

Summary:  The Line 9 pipeline was built to carry oil from Montreal, Quebec to Sarnia, Ontario. But now Enbridge wants to reverse the flow and run tar sands oil east to markets on the eastern seaboard. The company is meeting with opposition from communities along the route. Marilyne Tovar is with Climate Justice Montreal.

http://www.radio4all.net/files/[email protected]/91-1-Enbridge_meets_...

Thanks for this. This is just the beginning - we ain't seen nothing yet.

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Stopping the Flow

HAUDENOSAUNEE TERRITORY (KITCHENER)—A disquieting black hue to the water, animals struggling to breathe amid toxic fumes, a boom dragged across the river's width signaling the pipeline’s rupture and a long, difficult clean-up ahead. This scene, reflecting the many pipeline failures in recent years, was enacted by Enbridge’s emergency response during an exercise on the Grand River in September. A spill into the river is a too-real possibility if the transport of diluted bitumen (dilbit) is approved for Line 9.

The message from the emergency response exercise is clear. If energy giant Enbridge is allowed to transport tar sands bitumen and fracked oil through Line 9, crossing the Grand River, a pipeline rupture could destroy the region’s water systems. And this is why the Waterloo Region Coalition Against Line 9 was formed in July 2013: to mount local opposition against Enbridge, and to form a long-term network to defend the Grand River watershed....


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Two giant oil pipelines proposed to speed "doubling" of tar sands

 Two major oil pipelines -- the most expensive in Canada -- passed key hurdles this week: Energy East and Line 3 Replacement.  Observers say they lead to “massive” environmental and economic consequences.

In a dizzying week of oil announcements, two new giant west-to-east pipelines passed key milestones.  If built, the pipelines would rapidly expand Alberta’s oil sands, cause massive environmental impacts, and trigger thousands of new jobs, according to several observers.

 The first project – TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline – would be the largest oil sands pipeline in North America – a continent-wrapping 4,500-km line to carry Alberta’s oil to Montreal, Quebec City and Saint John....

Energy East oil pipeline - TransCanada


Line 3 Replacement

Likewise – Enbridge also announced plans for another massive pipeline - the Line 3 Replacement.  The company said Monday it now has the financial backing for the $7 billion project....

Enbridge Line 3 Replacement map




 For the record I think these companies are fools, I honestly do not believe that the Oilsands have a economic future long enough to pay for these pipelines and they will end up money losers. They better pray that they make alot of money in the time we have.

 I kno some will ay that I'm crazy when I say that the Oilsands are dead man waking, but I keep my eye on upcoming energy technologies, especially energy that reduces the costs per KWh. Atmospheric Vortex Enigines, New Solar tech, tech that uses temp differences in the Oceans, various types of unconventional nuclear, Algea Oil, and so on.

 Here is my prediction for the four technology revolutions that will change everything. 


1. Cheap, green plentiful energy.

2. Microfacturing aka 3D printers.

3. Medical Technology like Draco, Stem Cells, and a variety of others.

4. Automation.


 There are others of course, but I feel m those technology work will reinforce and help the four I meantioned.


And in related news at the same link ...


[i]A northern Alberta doctor warned U.S. Senators on what he says have been the devastating health impacts of the tar sands on families – effects, he says, that have been willfully “ignored” by the Canadian and Alberta governments.“I appeal to you to keep up the pressure – this is an ongoing tragedy.  A total disgrace,” said Dr. John O’Connor, Wednesday in Washington, D.C.[/i]

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Two million comments opposing tar sands expansion delivered to the U.S. State Department  

American and Canadian youth linked in the fight to convince government to put a stop to fossil fuel development

The original plan of environmentalist groups in the U.S. was to deliver one million comments opposing Keystone XL to the State Department this morning. But the response from people all over North America speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands has been so enormous, a coalition of youth-driven environmental groups will now be delivering upwards of two million signatures to the doorstep of the White House this morning.

Dozens of organizations, including 350.org, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, SumofUs and the Centre for Media and Democracy, have come together to present Secretary of State John Kerry with two million reasons to say no to Keystone.

Amanda Starbuck of Rainforest Action Network said opposition is coming from all across the country.

“The two million comments delivered today reflect a huge wave of resistance to the pipeline. From the Oglala Lakota Sioux fighting to stop the pipeline from entering their territory to the hundreds of students arrested at the White House gates, we stand united with everyday Americans who are ready to do what it takes to stop this pipeline, once and for all....


The largest movement in the US right now is actually about Canada. Graphic courtesy of Communicopia.

The largest movement in the USA right now is actually about Canada


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Line 9 Will 'Snake' Across Ontario and Quebec Waterways


How Line 9 was approved

Of equal concern is the approval process. The NEB's mandate allows it to approve projects without consultation with provinces or municipalities. In fact, most communities along the pipeline don't even know that it exists, never mind that it will be carrying highly toxic substances, under high pressure, along a leaky 38-year-old pipeline. Created to be an independent review panel, the NEB is made up of energy industry leaders, and it no longer (if ever) operates at arms length from the government.

The NEB certainly didn't broadcast its hearings and allowed only two weeks for individuals and groups to fill out a lengthy application to attend the hearings. Waterkeeper submitted recommendations to improve the safety of Line 9, but none of the recommendations were included in the NEB's announced terms and conditions laid out for Enbridge. "The terms and conditions set out by the NEB are very weak, very disappointing."...


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Emergency “Stop Line Nine” Protest in Confederation Park

With just over 24 hours notice, OPIRG-Peterborough organized an emergency “Stop Line Nine” protest in light of the National Energy Board’s approval of Enbridge’s Line pipeline.

Over 50 people showed up to Confederation Park, across from city hall, to protest the decision.

Several dignitaries made it out to support the protestors and give speeches.  OPIRG-Peterborough Coordinator Matthew Davidson gave one, while Calvin Beauchesne gave another on behalf of Sustainable Trent.

Speakers urged protesters to support further protests and acts of civil disobedience against the decision, as well as to support those who are arrested for doing so....


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Our policy should be no pipelines, period.

We're in the midst of a climate crisis, and this is what Mulcair and the party are advocating: an east-west pipeline.


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GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.”

If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.

Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history. If we were to fully exploit this new oil source, and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it is now. That level of heat-trapping gases would assure that the disintegration of the ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planet’s species would be driven to extinction. Civilization would be at risk.




 When Mulcair said West to East Pipeline he did not mean line 9, I saw in an interview he said not line 9.

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Energy East pipeline would be for export, not local refining

The proposed Energy East pipeline won’t be the boon to Eastern Canadian refineries that supporters claim because the vast majority of the oil in it would be bound for export markets, environmental groups argued in a report released Tuesday.

Alberta bitumen bound for India Europe

The $12-billion project would likely use the lion’s share of its 1.1 million barrel per day capacity to send unrefined oilsands crude to markets like India, Europe and possibly the United States, says the report, penned by The Council of Canadians, Ecology Action Centre, Environmental Defence and Equiterre.

The pipeline would run 4,600 kilometres from Alberta to Saint John, N.B., using repurposed pipe already in the ground for roughly two thirds of the way.

The company planning to build it, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), aims to file a formal regulatory application this summer and has been engaging with communities along the route in an effort to build support....




 Redford resigned and Warren Kinsella has suggested that this has killed any chance of Keystone being done, my question is why would this impact Obama's decision?


Do you have a link to where Kinsella suggested that, or remember more of what he said of why?

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BP spill at tar sands refinery has 'crapped up' Lake Michigan

Oil giant BP has caused yet another oil spill in a crucial water way this week, following an increase in tar sands refining at its Indiana plant on the shores of Lake Michigan.

BP notified the federal government’s National Response Center around 5 p.m. Monday that its Whiting Refinery was leaking oil into the lake, which is the source of drinking water for 7 million people in nearby Chicago, due to a malfunction in the refinery's cooling water system.

The spill comes less than a year after BP started processing Canadian tar sands at the refinery. Tar sands oil, many environmental groups have warned, is the "the dirtiest fuel on Earth" and is "more corrosive, more toxic, and more difficult to clean up than conventional crude."

Enumerating a long list of historical problems at the Whiting Refinery, Henry Henderson at the Natural Resources Defense Council notes Wednesday, "The week of the Exxon Valdez disaster anniversary and a week after the Council of Canadians released a report highlighting the threat that tar sands oil imposes on the Great Lakes, BP did what it always does: crapped up Lake Michigan."....


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BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind.

Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.

Located just across the Illinois-Indiana state border, Whiting is home to the sixth largest refinery in the U.S. The refinery just went through a $4 billionmodernization project,” giving it “the capability of processing up to about 85 percent heavy crude.” That's up from its original 20 percent, says BP's website.

“Frigid temperatures caused some of the oil to harden into a waxy consistency that made it easier to collect,” BP spokesman Scott Dean told The Chicago Tribune. “Crews used vacuum trucks to suck up any liquid oil that washed ashore.”

The day after the spill, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), as well as U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) issued press releases in which they pledged to hold BP accountable for the spill. Durbin and Kirk also wrote a follow-up letter to BP, requesting a meeting with BP.

“Any unanticipated spill is cause for concern, but given the Whiting refinery’s recent expansion of its operations to double the amount of heavy oil sands being processed, this spill raises questions about the long-term safety and reliability of BP's new, expanded production at Whiting,” they wrote....


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Energy East Pipeline sparks debate and protests in Thunder Bay

An open forum on the TransCanada Energy East Pipeline proposal in Thunder Bay was met with debate and protests by First Nations members and other organizations on April 9 and 10.

The proposed 4,600-kilometre pipeline is expected to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil daily across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to reach refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick.

Hundreds of people attended the open forum held at the Lakehead Labour Centre, and many raised concerns about potential spills and the impact on the environment....


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Eastbound and down: Atlantic Canada is the next major pipeline battleground

Western-based oil pipeline projects have for several years generated opposition worthy of Hollywood dramas. This past March, for example, police arrested hundreds of Keystone XL protesters who had tied themselves to a White House fence in opposition to the deeply divisive development. On this side of the border, environmental groups and Aboriginal communities flooded the courts with lawsuits last December-10 when all was said and done-beginning just three hours after the Joint Review Panel gave the go-ahead to the Northern Gateway pipeline in northern B.C.

But while much of the nation has been watching the action to the west, two major pipeline projects have been moving closer to implementation in the east: TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East and Enbridge Inc.’s reversal of its existing Line 9. Yet, so far, the fuss has been minimal and largely under the radar. Of course, it’s early days for both projects. Energy East will be filing initial regulatory paperwork this summer and Line 9 has an initial go-ahead from the National Energy Board (NEB), but with a long list of conditions to be met before the board will give its final nod....


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Enbridge pipeline road blocked by protesters in Burlington

A group of protesters has blockaded the road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline early this morning in Burlington, Ont.

The protesters say they plan to continue the blockade for at least 12 hours.


Pipeline has 13,000 'structural weaknesses:' protester

The group says its members include residents of Burlington who don't want the pipeline running through their city.

“Line 9 has nearly 13,000 structural weaknesses along its length” said Brian Sutherland, a Burlington resident. “And yet Enbridge is only doing a few hundred integrity digs."

There were about 20 protesters at the site early Tuesday. As of 8:35 a.m., no police had arrived.

Last June, a group of protesters shut down construction at an Enbridge pump station in rural Hamilton.


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..this was reported in feb 2014

Enbridge Line 9: W5 uncovers unreported spills, alarming communities along 830-km pipe

An aging Enbridge pipeline that runs across Ontario has had at least 35 spills — far more than reported to federal regulators — but many municipalities along its route have never been informed of the incidents, a CTV W5 investigation reveals.

The National Energy Board, which regulates pipelines in Canada, has records of seven spills, while Enbridge told the investigative program there had been 13.

But W5’s analysis of information from the energy board, the company and Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment showed 35 spills associated with the 830-kilometre Line 9. (The Quebec government refused to provide W5 with any information)....



The Calgary pipeline company raised the ire of Terrebonne, just outside Montreal, when municipal officials learned of a 2011 spill of 4,000 litres at Enbridge’s local facility — more than two years later. The revelation came in the midst of controversial public hearings in front of the National Energy Board.

“Terrebonne was surprised (by) the Enbridge attitude in this file, you know, because according to us Enbridge, as a good corporate citizen, has a moral responsibility to inform the city that a spill was occurring in that sector, a sector where there is a college, professional training centre, sports complex, daycare and several more businesses,” spokesperson Joël Goulet told W5.

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Toxic Neighbours

The borders of Aamjiwnaang have been reduced over the years to where they are currently, just over 12 km2. A large portion cutting into the community's scenic waterfront area is now home to one of Suncor's refineries. Its numerous smoke stacks and flares tower over the surrounding trees. While standing on the road near the plant, the smell is formidable. So is the noise. Most of the industries in the area operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no respite for your ears or nose and lungs. By the time the Toxic Tour got to the main entrance of Suncor, about an hour into our walk, my head was already pounding.

The community youth group, ASAP (Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines), lead by Vanessa Gray, organized a disparate group of about 40 people on a tour to show what daily life on the reserve is like. The walk began at the Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre and worked its way to the St. Clair River, around a refinery and back to the centre. Participants held banners saying "Demand more from your Ministry of the Environment", "Cancer Alley" and two large snake puppets. The snakes, one blue and shiny, the other black and dripping represented the two combating forces of clean water and oil products being transported through the many existing and proposed pipelines....


one of several warning sign by area waterways

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First Nations prepare for fight against Energy East pipeline

First Nations activists are turning their attention to TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East project, vowing to mount the same kind of public opposition that threatens the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States and Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway in British Columbia.

Some 70 First Nations leaders met in Winnipeg recently to plan a strategy they hope will block TransCanada’s ambitious plan to ship more than 1 million barrels a day of crude from Western Canada to refiners and export terminals in the East, despite widespread political support for the $12-billion project.

TransCanada has been holding consultations with communities across the country, including some 155 First Nations, to inform them of the Energy East project and seek their support. The company has hired Phil Fontaine, former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, to represent it in meetings. But one leading activist says the company has a tough sell....


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We just blockaded a Line 9 construction site in Etobicoke, Toronto. 

The blockade is taking place at Rexdale Blvd. and Kipling Ave. where the Enbridge is doing an  “integrity dig” on Line 9. 

These digs, which are required before Enbridge can bring the reversed Line 9 into operation, involve digging up and repairing SOME of the over 12,000 anomalies in the pipeline. But we know that Enbridge has no integrity, and that Line 9 reversal is an unjust and dangerous project....



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