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Breaking Action Alert: Enbridge Blockaded

17 July 2014.  Source: Swamp Line 9 via Earth First! newswire


Individuals from Six Nations and their allies have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began around 10am this morning. Individuals involved asked workers to leave, asserting that the land is Haudenosaunee territory guaranteed under the Haldimand deed, and that Enbridge’s workers were present without consent or consultation.

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BREAKING: Blockade launched against Enbridge Line 9 pipeline

Note: CBC press coverage and photos here.

-The GJEP Team

May 20, 2014. Source: Swamp Line 9

No Integrity, No Digs!

Traditional Mississauga Territory (Burlington, Ontario)

This morning at 7am area residents blockaded the access road to an
exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The blockaders intend to
hold their ground — 1 hour for every 1,000 anomalies that are reported
to exist on the line. For 12 hours, they say, they are not going anywhere.

This is a site of a so-called “integrity dig” but, as one blockader puts
it, “it’s clear Enbridge has no integrity. The work on the line is just
a band-aid, a flimsy patch over the most outrageous flaws in the Line 9

The National Energy Board approved the reversal of Line 9B in March
after having heard testimonies that there has been no proper
consultation by First Nations communities and that the structure of the
pipeline is outdated and deeply flawed.

The National Energy Board refused to require hydrostatic testing of the

Many of the blockaders point to the disastrous spill from Enbridge’s
line 6b into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010, where millions of
litres of oil spilled and have so far proven impossible to clean up. But
many of them emphasize that their opposition to Line 9 goes beyond
safety concerns.

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New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

March 31, 2014. Source: Indigenous Environmental Network

AllRiskNoRewardCover-234x300A new report released today by the Sierra Club and 13 other groups including the Indigenous Environmental Network, examines the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and concludes that there are significant threats to water, health and climate. The report, All Risk, No Reward: The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, comes in advance of a rally to stop the Alberta Clipper expansion that will take place before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission public hearing in St. Paul, MN on April 3.

“The risks are too high, said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Any spill, leak or explosion could have a devastating effect to the rich biodiversity and cultural diversity of northern Minnesota. The human rights of Native people in northern Alberta, Canada where this crude oil comes from are already being violated. There can be no reward when it comes to dirty oil that ruins the quality of water, ecosystems and the life of people.”

“This report confirms our worst fears about the proposed Alberta Clipper expansion,” said author Sarah Mine. “This tar sands expansion project is far too risky to communities in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who would be subjected to extreme environmental degradation, extreme carbon pollution, and tremendous threats to their land, water, and health.”

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This expansion project would almost double the pipeline’s current capacity and put it on par with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Expanding Alberta Clipper’s capacity would expose communities and tribes to tar sands’ full complement of disturbing climate, safety, and environmental implications; potentially devastate cultural and historical resources; give the landlocked tar sands industry access to ports and enormous new overseas markets; and enable the massive, environmentally devastating tar sands growth planned by the industry.

Tar sands crude can be far more dangerous than conventional crude, especially in water, and the proposed expansion project could put the region’s clean water at risk. The tar sands dilbit sinks in water, where standard cleanup techniques do not work. The Alberta Clipper route crosses many bodies of water that are critical as drinking water sources and cultural and ecological sites.

Enbridge Inc. has a disgraceful history of spills, including the worst onshore oil spill in U.S. history when a ruptured Enbridge pipeline poured 843,000 gallons of tar sands crude into Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River.

Mark Westlund, Sierra Club
415-977-5719 – mark.westlund@sierraclub.org

Tom BK Goldtooth, Ex. Dir. IEN
(218) 751-4967 – ien@igc.org


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While America spars over Keystone XL, a vast network of pipelines is quietly being approved

By Katie Valentine, March 20, 2014. Source: Think Progress


After countless marches, arrests, Congressional votes, and editorials, the five-and-a-half year battle over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is nearing its end. If a recent ruling in Nebraska doesn’t delay the decision further, America could find out as soon as this spring whether or not the pipeline, which has become a focal point in America’s environmental movement, will be built.

But while critics and proponents of Keystone XL have sparred over the last few years, numerous pipelines — many of them slated to carry the same Canadian tar sands crude as Keystone — have been proposed, permitted, and even seen construction begin in the U.S. and Canada. Some rival Keystone XL in size and capacity; others, when linked up with existing and planned pipelines, would carry more oil than the 1,179-mile pipeline.

With the public eye turned on Keystone, some of these pipelines have faced little opposition. But it’s not just new pipelines that worry Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust. Weimer said companies are beginning to revamp old pipelines by expanding their capacity or reversing their flow, changes that can be troubling if proper safety measures aren’t put in place.
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Take action against Enbridge’s Line 9

Note: For more background on Enbridge’s Line 9 tar sands pipeline and the recent approval it received by Canadian regulators, click here.

-The GJEP Team

March 17, 2014. Source: Reclaim Turtle Island

Photo: Adam Carter/CBC

Photo: Adam Carter/CBC


Without surprise, the National Energy Board has approved the reversal of the Line 9 pipeline. This pipeline crosses every single tributary that flows into Lake Ontario, and cuts up the north shore of the St. Lawrence river….

It was anticipated that this information be released on March. 19th. Instead the rubber-stamping came early.

Indigenous peoples whose territories are being attacked by this project have been silenced throughout this process. It is our communities, and other communities of colour, who primarily live fenceline with the tar sands, its mining, infrastructure and refineries. It is our Sacred sites that are being desecrated by the shady movements of corporate imperialists and colonial-capitalists.

Line 9 shows us exactly what environmental racism looks like, from Aamjiwnaang to Jane & Finch – telling us that bodies of colour and Indigenous bodies are expendable for the larger project of profit. Line 9 is but expanded infrastructure to move the Athabasca tar sands eastward – it is an embodiment of the slow industrial genocide that is being committed by TransCanada, Enbridge, Suncor, and the Government of Canada, to name a few.
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Enbridge Line 9 reversal gets green light from National Energy Board

March 6, 2014. Source: Canadian Press

Photo: Canadian Press

Photo: Canadian Press

TORONTO – The National Energy Board gave the green light Thursday to energy giant Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of a pipeline that has been running between southern Ontario and Montreal for years.

The 141-page decision on the controversial Line 9 comes some four months after the federal regulator held public hearings on the Calgary-based company’s proposal.

The approval is subject to certain conditions that include Enbridge (TSX:ENB) being required to undertake activities involving pipeline integrity, emergency response and continued consultation.

“The board’s decision enables Enbridge to react to market forces and provide benefits to Canadians, while at the same time implementing the project in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner,” the NEB said in a statement. Continue reading

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Enbridge record questioned as Line 9 pipeline decision nears

By Annie Burns-Pieper, February 22, 2014. Source: CTV


Line 9 incidents and spills. Photo: CTV

Line 9 incidents and spills. Photo: CTV

Click here for CTV video coverage

When Dan Walker bought property along Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline he never thought the pipelines under the ground would interfere with using the property, raising cattle and growing cash crops.

Plans for his property, however, were interrupted when his cows mysteriously started miscarrying.

“Some cows just didn’t take. Some, some were aborting early. And even some were born dead,” says Walker.

About a year later, Enbridge found contamination on his land.

“Just looks like a black sludge,” Walker told W5 reporter Tom Kennedy. Continue reading

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Michigan tar sands activists face 2-3 years in prison for direct action

January 31, 2014. Source: Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands


Lansing, MI – Three activists from Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) were found guilty Friday in an Ingham County court on charges of trespassing and resisting and obstructing a police officer. The verdict followed a weekend of direct actions against Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline. The three face sentences of 2-3 years. Though not considered a flight risk, the three women were denied bail and are forced to remain in custody until sentencing on March 5, 2014.

Their July protest aimed to stop the expansion of a historically polluting Enbridge pipeline that would carry tar sands across the Great Lakes region. In 2010, a devastating tar sands spill contaminated the Kalamazoo River and surrounding community. It was the largest spill ever on U.S. soil. The company behind it was Enbridge.

Vicci Hamlin, Lisa Leggio, and Barb Carter joined MI-CATS after years of activism and selfless volunteer work. Continue reading

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