Debate Heats Up Over Line 9

Update:  On March 6, 2014, the National Energy Board (N.E.B.) approved Enbridge’s proposal to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of line 9 – a pipeline that runs from Sarnia to Montréal.  Enbridge also received approval to transport other oil products through the pipeline such as diluted bitument.  The N.E.B. has directed Enbridge to take steps to ensure the integrity of the pipeline and develop an emergency response plan.  Original article continues below.

Enbridge Inc. has applied to the National Energy Board to reverse the flow of crude oil in the line 9 pipeline from the current east-west direction to a west-east direction.  This would allow the company to transport crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Montréal.  The proposal would also see the volume of oil travelling through the pipeline increase.

The pipeline stretches from Sarnia, Ontario to Montréal, Québec and has been in operation since 1976.  A section of the pipeline is located in the northern part of Ward 41 in the Finch Hydro Corridor.  For more information on Enbridge’s plans, visit the company’s website.

Opposition to Enbridge’s application to the National Energy Board has arisen.  Critics expressed concerns about the potential impacts on the environment and human health in the case that the pipeline ruptures releasing oil into the environment.  You can read the Toronto Coalition Against Line 9’s report for more information.