Enbridge has proposed to pump tar sands crude through a repurposed 500-mile pipeline that currently runs westward along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway from Montreal, Quebec to Sarnia, Ontario. Enbridge, the same company responsible for the devastating pipeline spill of one million gallons of tar sands crude into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, wants to reverse Line 9 so it can carry tar sands crude to Montreal (and then on to a harbour and oil terminal in South Portland, Maine).
- An aging 500-mile natural gas pipeline that will be reversed to carry tar sands crude through Ontario and Quebec
- Reversing old pipelines means risks of more leaks and spills
- Natural gas pipelines were not built to carry corrosive tar sands crude
- This leak-prone pipeline crosses dozens of major rivers and runs through major urban centers
- Line 9 has been approved by Canada's National Energy Board.
This pipeline runs through or close to many major urban centres, including Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Cornwall, and Montreal, home to millions of people. It also crosses dozens of major rivers and streams that flow into the Great Lakes, a major source of drinking water. A pipeline spill anywhere along this route would have disastrous consequences.