4 Waterkeeper Groups Comment On Enbridge Line 9 Reversal Proposal

by: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
contact: admin@waterkeeper.ca
13:03 Aug 14 2013 Start of Line 9b, Westover, Ontario

4 Waterkeeper Groups Comment On Enbridge Line 9 Reversal Proposal
Why should we work towards a Great Lakes Commons and how ?
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Lake Erie Waterkeeper and the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper/Save the River have submitted joint comments on Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal proposal. This is a pipelines plan to pump tar sands oil product through the Great Lakes bioregion.

You can read the full submission in the Waterkeeper link provided. (general information about Line 9 in the Environmental Defence link).

The four groups submit the following:

1. Leaks or spills from Line 9 have the potential to cause serious and irreversible harm to the environment.

2. Pipeline breaches can occur for a variety of reasons, allowing material to enter the environment.

3. Enbridge has a record of failing to prevent major leaks and spills and failing to respond to spills in a timely manner.

4. Leaks or spills from this pipeline can and should be prevented.

5. Enbridge must be held accountable for any leaks or spills from this pipeline.

Detailed information regarding each point can be found in the full report.


1. Replace the existing pipeline with thicker pipe or reducing the diameter of the pipeline in order to improve the D/t ratio.

2. Use double insulated pipeline, either along the entire length of Line 9, or at a minimum, wherever the pipeline meets a waterbody, wetland, or sensitive area of any size.

3. Install best available technology to detect leaks sooner and at smaller volumes than the current system allows.

4. Locate automatic and remote control shutoff valves in close proximity to one another to minimize the volume of spills, should they occur.

5. Locate shutoff valves on either side (upstream and downstream) of every waterbody or wetland crossed by the pipeline.

6. Ensure that activities intended to improve or modify the pipeline do not have negative environmental impacts.

7. Guarantee that Enbridge assumes full financial and legal liability for all clean-up, remediation, and monitoring required in the event of a leak or spill of any size to the environment.

See linked Commons Map Report for the 1st of many on Line 9.
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