12 August, 2013. Source: Swamp Line 9
(HAMILTON, ON) On Wednesday August 14th the thirteen individuals arrested and charged under the Trespass to Property Act during a blockade of a local oil pumping station will have their first court appearance. On the morning of June 26th, 2013 eighteen people were arrested for participating in a six day occupation of Enbridge’s North Westover Pumping Station. Thirteen of those individuals were charged with trespass, four with mischief to property and one with break and enter in a direct action dubbed ‘Swamp Line 9’.
The protesters have defended their actions and remain committed to fighting the expansion of Line 9, which is why a demonstration has been called for Wednesday prior to their scheduled court appearances.
“It’s absurd that we are being criminalized for trying to protect the land and water while Enbridge is free to destroy and pollute it” David Prychitka states. “Their crimes are killing people and our government continues to let them do so unabated.”
Public records show that in just the past few years Enbridge has been fined $7.2 million for nearly 700 separate instances of environmental infractions. Just last month Enbridge was found to have been operating in Hamilton without the proper permits for nearly forty years – a lapse that was allowed to occur, some say, due to a lack of oversight and reliance on industry to regulate themselves. Continue reading