Revue et suivi de la mobilisation contre la ligne 9 d'Enbridge

Line 9: one year too many

WHAT : A 16,6 km march
WHEN : Sunday, december 18th, 8:30 to 18:00
WHERE : From Suncor’s reffinery in Montreal-East (11701 Sherbrooke East) to Place de la Grande-Paix-de-Montréal

We recognise that this event will occur on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory.

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Last december, Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline went online (again). Since then, heavy and/or volatile oil products have been flowing eastward in this 40-year old, cracked-all-over pipeline, which crosses many waterways that are critical for “Canada”’s most densely populated area’s drinking water. A single spill from that pipeline has the potential to paralyze almost all of Montreal’s pumping stations, leaving the city with insignificant reserves. Despite calls to reason, the outcry of municipalities that haven’t received any emergency plan, vivid grassroots resistance including direct action – which left some activists with absurdely heavy charges – and the efforts of native communities who are the most impacted, Line 9 is still online to this day.


To boost the collective memory and energy in face of that harsh reality, we invite you to a LONG symbolic walk which will start at the Suncor reffinery in Montreal-East and end at Place de la Grande-Paix-de-Montréal. 16,6 km of pure joy! Approx 4 hours and a half of walking, that is without counting breaks and lunch! Wow! Join us for the day or for parts of it, according to your capacities and availabilities!

A walk to :

  • Call for a stop to Line 9’s operation
  • Demand the withdrawal of charges against Line 9 activists
  • Express our solidarity with indigenous fights against pipelines, including the Chippewas of the Thames who are going against the NEB and the federal crown at the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30th and The Standing Rock movement in North Dakota
  • Stress that Line 9, just like the colonial project of “Canada”, is happening on stolen native land.

The walk’s going to make a stop at Montreal’s botanical garden and another at parc Lafontaine – good places to join the march. There’s also going to be a stop for lunch in a place to be determined, probably near Saint-Michel/Sherbrooke (for now, tips are welcome if you think of a place).

Speakers will deliver short speeches at strategic places along the way. Namely, at Montreal’s town hall, where we’ll remind the city that it can and must take position against the pipeline.

The march’s also going to be an opportunity to inform and mobilize people, who’ll certainly be in jaw-dropping awe upon seeing us. There’s going to be a lot of flyers for that.

We’ll have a car around, ready to bring support as needed.

Keep in mind that we’re talking about quite a long urban trek. In december. Hence, stuff to bring:

  • Warm, waterproof clothes
  • Thermos for coffee / hot chocolate
  • Spare clothes, especially socks
  • Ski goggles, in case of political or climatic blizzard
  • «Hot pads» are a good idea
  • Your own lunch!
  • Snacks and water (we’ll have some for you, but make sure you have a water bottle)
  • Your good mood and/or your well-directed rage

You can join us for questions at : or during the event at : 514-430-9175


To learn more about Enbridge’s Line 9, visit
For an overview of the massive mobilization against that pipeline so far, visit

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Call for donations! Chippewas Line 9 lawsuit helps us block pipelines

Donate to the Chippewas of the Thames’ pipeline challenge before the Supreme Court of Canada!

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On November 30, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation will challenge the failure of the Crown to consult them, as required by Canada’s Constitution, before approval of the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline by the National Energy Board.

The First Nation will show that Canada “provided no consultation on the proposed project despite our assertion that our Aboriginal and Treaty rights are being impacted,” says Chief Leslee White-Eye. (See funding appeal letter)

Ottawa is telling the Supreme Court that aboriginal consultation means nothing more than the biased administrative routine of the Energy Board. But recent legal victories in provincial courts (Grassy Narrows FN vs. Ontario and others) confirm the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate. A Chippewa victory on this principle will strengthen capacity to resist dangerous fossil fuel projects such as Energy East.

The lack of consultation “impacts all Nations and is an important issue for many Canadians in moving towards clean energy for all,” states Chief White-Eye. “COTTFN has borne a great financial burden in taking on this fight.”


To make a donation :

  • Online : Go to
  • E-mail money transfer : Send to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation:
  • Bank transfer : Directly transfer to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation BMO account: Acct. 2915 1998348 001
  • Or mail a cheque or money order to : The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, 320 Chippewa Road, Muncey, ON N0L 1Y0

ALSO: Attend the big rally on november 30th at Supreme court (busses from various places are organized) :

Thank you!


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For further information see and
To get involved in fundraising go to

Petition to Trudeau: Halt Enbridge’s Line 9!


Toronto No Line 9 Network invites you to sign a petition to the Prime Minister to halt the Enbridge Line 9 Reversal project until an upgraded regulatory process is in place and a reassessment of Line 9 is completed.

Please sign: ‘Petition to Justin Trudeau’ (

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(Français) Des manifestants dénoncent l’association des pétrolières à l’Institut du cancer de Montréal

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Once Again, Enbridge Line 9 Shut Off, Line 7 Valve Tampered With

Via Earth First! Newswire :

from Toronto Media Coop

our hearts were bursting with love and cheer after hearing of the many times our friends have courageously shut down pipelines in recent months.

so in the early hours of january 25,2016 we found our own courage and took action against enbridge and their line 9. slipping in to a valve station located on traditional Haudenosaunee Territory (in hamilton, ontario) we successfully operated an electronic valve to shut off the flow of tarsands crude. a line 7 valve, also an enbridge tarsands pipeline, was also tampered with and closed part way. we then disappeared back into the night.

we took this action to stand in unity with all those who have defended the land before us, and for those who decide to take action after us. we take it to fight against an industry that puts us at risk every day and subjects frontline communities to violence upon their bodies, communities and cultures – for profit.

we believe that’s worth fighting against; that those people and communities are worth fighting for.

so call us what you will, but we only do what is both necessary and right. our actions hurt none, but a lack of action hurts everyone.
may we all find the courage to actively resist & destroy exploitative capitalist industrial projects.

fuck enbridge
fuck the tarsands
and fuck all pipelines.

ps. for those curious to follow in our stead – enbridge thinks they’re being all smart by putting on large gold security chains (which can’t be cut with bolt cutters) and lockboxes on the gates. bypass these by cutting the fence itself. then all you need are some garden shears (to cut the very, very secure zip tie protecting the electrical panel), your wits and an exit plan.

Solidarity with Enbridge Line 9 resisters

Photo: Di Atom (Facebook)

Photo: Di Atom (Facebook)

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.

To add your voice or that of your group/organization, simply fill the form at

And if you would like to make an interac transfer donation to the legal defence fund, please send it at and use the password: solidarity.

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.

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Enbridge’s Line 9 has been manually shut down (again)

Photo: Di Atom (Facebook)

Photo: Di Atom (Facebook)

Updates: The People vs Enbridge line 9 on Facebook and RisingTideTor on Twitter

December 21, 2015

Enbridge’s Line 9 has been manually shut down

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.”

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Community groups and First Nations demand shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 9


Via the official press release :

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.

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Activists block reversal of Enbridge Line 9 pipeline at the border of Ontario and Quebec

Official press release of the action :

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.

Photo : Camp Ligne 9

Photo : Camp Ligne 9

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Run against Line 9

Photo: Michael Toledano (Twitter: @M_Tol)

Photo: Michael Toledano (Twitter: @M_Tol)

Run Against Line 9 Facebook page, Twitter

Chip in for the Chippewas of the Thames’ Supreme Court case (GoFundMe)

Rachel finished her run in Kahnawake (“Montreal”) on January 6th 2016

(Cliquez ici pour la version française)
Official press release by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation :

Muncey, Ontario—Dec 30th, 2015

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.

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