Via CBC :
A string of heated protests in Toronto have led the National Energy Board to postpone hearings into proposed changes to a key oil pipeline running from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal.
Energy giant Enbridge was scheduled to defend its plan to reverse the flow of a portion of its Line 9 pipeline at an NEB hearing in Toronto on Saturday.
However, after protesters stormed the proceedings at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday, the NEB issued a news release stating the hearings would be postponed.
“The end of today’s hearing raised concerns with respect to the security of participants,” NEB secretary Sheri Young wrote in the Friday statement.
More media coverage :
- Toronto Star – Enbridge pipeline: Protesters converge on Line 9B hearings
Eventually security escorted demonstrators, a few at a time, into the hearing room where Amanda Lickers, representing Rising Tide Toronto, delivered an hours-long presentation to the three-member panel calling for it to reject Enbridge’s proposal.
The room erupted from three days of restrained presentations into singing, drumming, shouting, chanting and waving flags that read things like, “We can’t drink money,” and “Don’t frack with mother nature.”