SPREAD WIDELY : The following statement has been circulating publicly since around 20PM, December 21st, 2015, to be endorsed by groups as well as individual voices in order to support the three activists that were arrested on that morning’s pipeline-stopping action. They have since been released with minimal conditions, which is excellent news, but their struggle isn’t yet over! (For more updates, visit The People versus Enbridge line 9 on Facebook)
This statement is currently endorsed by 64 groups and over 500 invidividuals. The full list of groups is at the bottom of this post.
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Solidarity with Enbridge Line 9 Resisters
December 21st, 2015
We stand in solidarity with the people who took peaceful action to stop the flow of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline on the morning of December 21, 2015, on Anishnaabek territory near so-called “Sarnia.” These people, rooted in their communities and committed to environmental advocacy, organic farming, and challenging violence against women, courageously defended their communities, and all of our communities, after all legal avenues to contest the pipeline had been exhausted.
The absence of valid consultation and consent from First Nations and other impacted communities, the impacts of increased tar sands exploitation that are facilitated by the operation of Line 9, the state of this forty-year-old pipeline and the lack of serious measures to ensure its secure operation are some – but not all – of the reasons to denounce the recent increase in capacity and reversal of the flow of Line 9.
Media Contact:Lindsay: 226-402-4708
Location: 5461 Mandaumin Rd, Sarnia, ON
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.”
More than 80 organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted indigenous communities, as well as national organizations have released a statement letter to the Prime Minister condemning the recent National Energy Board (NEB) approval of Enbridge Inc’s Line 9 Reversal project. The letter demands new NEB hearings on the pipeline project. Enbridge recently confirmed through media reports that Bakken Shale oil from the west is now flowing through Line 9 to refineries in Montreal.
7 December 2015 (Ste-Justine-de-Newton, 21950 Morrison Road) – Concerned activists are blocking the valve of a section of the Line 9B pipeline at the border of Ontario and Quebec in order to stop the reversal of the Enbridge pipeline that has recently begun in order to bring crude oil from western Canada to Montreal.
The authorization of this pipeline, contrary to popular opposition against tar sands and promises from the new federal government to replace the evaluation process for pipeline projects, is unacceptable.
The Enbridge Line 9 project 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 in both provinces, including Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River.
On December 4th, Rachel Thevenard of Kitchener/Waterloo area began a “Run Against Line 9” in support of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s (COTTFN) Supreme Court case against the Enbridge pipeline. Rachel feels very strongly about the lack of consultation and consent in the National Energy Board’s approval of Line 9. She decided she would show her support by running along a route parallel to the Line 9 pipeline from Sarnia (Aamjiwnaang), all the way to Montreal. A “Go Fund Me” account has been started to help in the COTTFN court case.www.gofundme.com/chippewas