Toronto, ON – Last night Toronto city council did the right thing by listening to the concerns of Toronto residents and voting against risky tar sands oil running through Toronto via Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline.
The Line 9 pipeline project is a recipe for disaster. With a pipeline of this size, it’s not a question of if a spill will happen, but when. The tar sands pipeline would run through Toronto, threatening the health, safety, property and drinking water of Toronto residents. Thousands of Toronto residents have spoken out to oppose this risky project. It’s good to see elected officials are listening.
In March, the National Energy Board (NEB) irresponsibly approved Line 9, with little regard for the people and municipalities across Ontario and Quebec who raised serious concerns about the proposal. There was no environmental assessment on the project. An international pipeline expert submitted testimony stating Line 9 was extremely likely to rupture.
Toronto follows in the steps of Vancouver, which recently took the NEB to court to get it to consider global climate change in the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline evaluation, as well as Burnaby, which is trying to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline from coming through its land through the courts.
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Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext 258; 416-570-2878 (cell)