TORONTO, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - We are deeply disappointed that the
National Energy Board (NEB) decided to rubber-stamp this risky project.
At over 140 pages, the NEB's decision document was long and complicated,
and from what we can see, fails to respond to serious safety concerns
raised by governments, First Nations, landowners and thousands of
The NEB's decision to allow Line 9 without meaningful conditions despite
concerns from experts, stakeholders and governments shows that the
federal process for reviewing pipeline proposals is broken and can't do
its job of protecting Canadians' safety from risky energy projects.
In particular, the NEB's decision to ignore the request of the Province
of Ontario, affected municipalities like Kingston, landowners, pipeline
safety experts and thousands of Canadians for a full hydro-test puts
communities along the pipeline route at serious risk of a tar sands oil
spill. This test, which Enbridge has resisted, is essential for
determining if the pipeline is able to meet basic pipeline safety
Evidence submitted by independent pipeline safety expert Richard
Kuprewicz stated that "without a proper hydro-test there is a high risk
the pipeline will rupture in the early years following the Project's
Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline project is a recipe for disaster. The
39-year-old pipeline runs directly through the most densely populated
parts of Canada, threatening the health, safety and environment of
Canadians. The pipeline crosses numerous rivers flowing into the Great
Lakes and the St. Lawrence - sources of drinking water for millions of
people. Communities and thousands of individuals across Ontario and
Quebec came together to speak out against this dangerous project.
Enbridge's recent track record is one of significant pipeline spills and
safety lapses. This approval will allow 300,000 barrels of more
dangerous tar sands oil to flow across Ontario and Quebec every day,
and will lock us into decades of growing global warming
emissions. Canadians need a fair and democratic process for reviewing
these proposals that considers the full environmental risks.
Let's hope this is the last time the interests of the oil industry are
permitted to trump the safety of Canadians.
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