The National Energy Board requiring hydrostatic testing on three sections of Line 9 is a step in the right direction, but not enough to protect the many communities along the pipeline.  The risks of a tar sands oil spill extend beyond these sections of the aging pipeline. The entire pipeline is the same age and the same design. The National Energy Board should require hydrostatic testing along the entire route of this 40-year old pipe to ensure the safety of all of waterways and communities along the line. And the results of this testing should be made public.
Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline was not built to ship tar sands oil. The pipeline crosses numerous communities and rivers that flow into the Great Lakes, threatening the water of millions. With a pipeline this big, it’s not a question of if a spill will happen but when, where and how large the spill will be. The National Energy Board should make the safety of communities and waterways a priority and insist on hydrostatic testing all along the line. Line 9 is a risky, irresponsible project that is unnecessary.
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