Activists Shut Down Enbridge Line 9 in Canada Again

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“It’s clear that tar sands projects represent an ongoing cultural and environmental genocide.” Vanessa Gray asserts. “I defend the land and water because it is sacred. I have the right to defend anything that threatens my traditions and culture.” – via JustWords Media Release

This morning individuals have shut of the flow of oil on Enbridge’s line 9 pipeline. At 7:30 this morning, individuals used the manual hand wheel at a valve site to shut off the flow of oil through line 9 as an act of protest. They have locked themselves on site to prevent the operation of the pipeline.

Line 9 is a highly contested tar sands pipeline that began shipping crude earlier this month between Sarnia and Montreal. Those involved assert that the operation of line 9 is a violation of indigenous sovereignty and treaty rights. “It’s clear that tar sands projects represent an ongoing cultural and environmental genocide.” Vanessa Gray asserts. “I defend the land and water because it is sacred. I have the right to defend anything that threatens my traditions and culture.”

Line 9 has faced opposition from several of the 18 First nations along its route. Chippewas of the Thames first nation is currently challenging the pipeline in Supreme Court, on the basis of non-consultation.

“The fact that line 9 is currently in operation really just adds to the urgency for people to act. I’m here because the negative impacts of the oil industry are taking place right now, every day.” Says Stone Stewart, another of the individuals secured within the valve site.

The tarsands are known to be the second leading cause of deforestation in the world and permanently contaminate over 7 million barrels of water every day. Locally Aamjiwnaang first nation experiences skewed sex ratios and high rates of respiratory illness because of nearby petrochemical refineries.

“The crown is failing in their obligation to consult with first nations about pipelines.” Sarah Scanlon, one of the individuals involved. “As settlers it’s our responsibility to respect Indigenous land rights and support those protecting the land and water on the frontlines.”

From Revolution News

For the second time in as many weeks activists in Canada have occupied and shut down Line 9 Endbridge’s 300,000 barrel per day oil pipe line. This action effectively shuts down the flow of bitumen oil from the Alberta Tar Sands into into the United States.

The activists arrived at the Endbridge site just West of Sarnia, Ontario at 8AM and proceeded with closing the valve and locking themselves to the equipment.

Line 9 is a highly contested tar sands pipeline that began shipping crude earlier this month between Sarnia and Montreal. Those involved assert that the operation of line 9 is a violation of indigenous sovereignty and treaty rights.

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Enbridge’s Line 9 puts the health of millions of people in Quebec and Ontario at risk by threatening the drinking water of numerous communities. This 40-year-old pipeline crosses multiple rivers and major watercourses, including Lake Ontario and the St. Clair River which drains from Lake Huron into Lake St Clair between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Michigan.

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The activists are calling on oil companies and the Canadian government to stop the tar sands and end the industrialization of a vast area of Indigenous territories, forests and wetlands in northern Alberta.

Also it must be noted that line 9 is directly connected to the notorious line 6B which leaked over 1 million barrels of bitumen in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the worst inland oil spill in North American.

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