Activists Refuse to Leave Enbridge’s Line 9 Construction Site
BREAKING: “DAM LINE 9!” Activists to stay at Enbridge site despite 6pm Deadline by Police
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August 5, 2014
“DAM LINE 9!”
Activists Refuse to Leave Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Despite Police Deadline
Deshkaan Ziibing, Anishinabek Territory – Land defenders have been occupying a Line 9 construction site since 6:30 am today. The police have threatened to have activists removed at 6 pm, but the group has decided to stay. Activists are committed to stopping the construction on Enbridge’s site, asserting that Line 9 poses a danger to people, animals, land, and water.
Those involved in the blockade intend to stop construction on the site indefinitely.
The site is currently undergoing a valve installation 500m from the Thames River. Activists say the construction will not protect against a leak of toxic diluted bitumen into the water source. Line 9 is the same age and design as the Enbridge pipeline which caused the largest in-land oil spill in American history. Enbridge has identified more than 12,000 flaws in Line 9’s structure, and the line has already leaked at least 35 times in less than 40 years.
“We’ve tried pursuing avenues with the National Energy Board and within local and regional governments. The concerns expressed by individual people and municipalities were ignored. The official processes have merely rubber-stamped dangerous tar sands projects and failed to protect us, so we are here out of necessity,” says Rachel Avery, a blockader.
“This project is also being illegally forced through without meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities. For example, the Chippewas of the Thames have appealed the NEB approval, but Enbridge has continued to work on the line regardless,” Avery continued.
The site is located on Oxford County Rd 5 (aka 17th Line) in Innerkip, ON (near Woodstock) between Township Rd 10 and Township Rd 9 (aka Braemar Side Road).
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