NEB fails Ontario with Line 9B Approval

NEB fails Ontario with Line 9B Approval
Posted on March 10, 2014 | Mike Schreiner | Written on March 10, 2014
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Green Party of Ontario

As leader of the Green Party of Ontario I am issuing the following comment in response to National Energy Board’s conditional approval of Enbridge’s Line 9B proposal:

The National Energy Board has failed the people of Ontario by approving Enbridge’s Line 9B. The health and well being of people and communities should be the government’s top priority, not the interests of big oil.
 
Pumping dirty oil through an aging pipeline not designed to handle such corrosive material is not in the public interest. It is dangerously irresponsible that the NEB did not at the very least require a hydrostatic test for leaks in the 38-year old pipeline or even require Enbridge to carry sufficient insurance.
 
The province of Ontario should have demanded an Environmental Assessment.
 
This decision is especially outrageous given Enbridge's poor spills and safety record. Enbridge is still trying to clean up its 2010 dirty oil spill that dumped 3 million litres of dilbit into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The clean up costs exceed $1 billion.
 
Now the NEB will allow Enbridge to pump 300,000 barrels of dirty oil through Ontario everyday. This decision threatens our water, farmland, economy and communities.
 
I’m deeply disappointed that Premier Wynne did not speak out forcefully against Line 9. Her October 2013 visit to Alberta, where she essentially endorsed the flow of dirty oil through Ontario, made it more difficult to raise serious objections to this risky project.
 
She failed to put the people of Ontario first. We should expect better from government leaders.

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Linda Fraser

I am a twenty minute walk south of line 9B. I have been protesting this pipeline going through since I heard about it last summer. The health of the people of Ontario is at tremendous risk under the watch of Premier Wynne. Not only because there are so many cracks and holes already in the aging pipeline, but also because the emergency response teams are located too far away from the areas at risk. The responders will be at least two hours getting to where I and my grandchildren live. Also, if the line were to rupture here, the drinking water for our whole town/community will be contaminated with dilbit. Enbridge will not supply drinking water to us either, should such a failure occur. This is a deplorable state of affairs. An Environmental Assessment was needed and our elected government did not look after getting that done. Our property values are at risk as well. We have been shafted.

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