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.
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. The Toronto Coaliton Against Line 9 updated its report, “Not Worth the Risk,“ warning of the risks of Enbridge’s plan.