Opponents of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline (including our Guelph Chapter) brought a halt to construction activity on the pipeline in Port Hope Ontario today.
Enbridge is conducting newly mandated hydrostatic testing on three segments of the 40-year-old pipeline before the company can be permitted to pump diluted bitumen through it. Activists maintain that this testing in no way mitigates Line 9's impacts.
A pipeline safety expert with over forty years of experience in the energy sector, Richard Kuprewicz, has stated that the probability of Line 9 rupturing is over 90% in the first five years of operation. This is due to the large number of fractures in the aging pipeline and the fact that Line 9 will carry various different kinds of crude- including diluted bitumen- which adds additional stresses to the pipeline.
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