Today, the National Energy Board (NEB) approved an extremely risky project which will threaten the drinking water supply of millions of people. Council of Canadians chapters across Ontario and Quebec have been actively opposing the proposal by Enbridge
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The Toronto Star reports, "An aging Enbridge pipeline (the 830 kilometre Line 9 pipeline) that runs across Ontario has had at least 35 spills — far more than reported to federal regulators — but many municipalities along its route have never been informed of the incidents, a CTV W5 investigation reveals. The National Energy Board, which regulates pipelines in Canada, has records of seven spills, while Enbridge told the investigative program there had been 13."
The Hamilton Spectator reports, "The National Energy Board will be forced to reopen hearings into a controversial pipeline project that runs through rural Hamilton if a judge agrees with the civil court challenge against it, says a Toronto lawyer handling the lawsuit. Clayton Ruby says his firm has asked that the National Energy Board (NEB) follow better procedures to allow for wider participation should the hearings be ordered to reconvene."
In Toronto yesterday, five people locked themselves to construction equipment being used on an Enbridge oil pipeline that crosses every river in Toronto on its way from Sarnia to Montreal
November 29, 2013
The Honourable John Gerretsen
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
Dear Attorney General:
Re: Bill 83, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2013
We are writing to you about the status of Bill 83, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2013 which you introduced in the Ontario Legislature on June 4, 2013. The Bill has been in second reading debates since September 25, 2013. We request that you take all the necessary steps to ensure the Bill passes second reading and is referred to Committee before the Legislature rises for the holiday break on December 13th.
On Monday, November 25, there will be federal by-elections in Toronto Centre, the Montreal riding of Bourassa and the Manitoba ridings of Provencher and Brandon-Souris. We contacted the Toronto Centre by-election candidates to ask if they would commit to reversing the Conservative Party cuts to health care after the next federal election.
An excellent and timely article on the dangers of pumping diluted bituman from the tar sands through old pipelines: http://truth-out.org/news/item/19175-the-big-push-putting-tar-sands-through-old-oil-pipelines
The article begins:
"On its website, TransCanada touts a near-spotless spill record from 2002 to 2011 for its oil pipelines.
The Canadian Press reports, "A group of protesters who had been blockading an Enbridge pumping station in Ontario since last week has been charged after police moved in Wednesday to remove them from the property."
From their website: http://swampline9.tumblr.com/
Twenty-four hours after taking over Enbridge’s North Westover pumping station, we’re still here, construction is stopped for a second day, and we’re confident we can hold the space for a while still. We’re confident that energy will continue to build through the weekend, and we invite anyone interested in helping us stop construction to drop by the site.
CBC reports, “A group of protesters has shut down construction at an Enbridge pump station in rural Hamilton, Ont., Thursday. About 80 people interrupted construction at the North Westover site in rural Hamilton but allowed workers to close and lock the facility before leaving. They are also allowing workers in to do safety checks. …Opponents say the flow reversal could raise the risk of a spill into places like the Beverly Swamp in the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Hamilton’s largest watershed.”