Line 9 is an existing pipeline that currently runs east to west from Montreal to Sarnia; however Enbridge has applied to reverse the direction of the pipeline in order to ship tar sands oil from Alberta to the East Coast.
This pipeline crosses the territories of 18 Indigenous nations along its route, including the Six Nations of the Grand River who have not given free, prior, informed consent to the project. Only the first leg of the reversal has been approved by the National Energy Board, and public consultations for the second section are scheduled for the fall. However, Enbridge has already begun construction on this project.
Line 9 crosses dozens of major rivers draining into Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, including Beverly Swamp in the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Hamilton's largest watershed, putting the drinking water of millions of people at risk of an oil spill.
Sovereignty Summer is a campaign of coordinated direct actions to promote Indigenous rights and environmental protection in alliance with non-native supporters spearheaded by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land.
Local media contacts, more cities will be updated, please check www.swampline9.tumblr.com:
Sovereignty Summer: Clayton Thomas-Muller, Defenders of the Land, 613 297 7515
Aamjiwnaang First Nations: Vanessa Gray, 226-349-6073
Edmonton: Chelsea Flook, Sierra Club Prairie Chapter, 780-722-1226
Hamilton: Danielle Boissoneau, 905-536-3105
Peterborough: Amanda Lickers, Nogojiwanong Supporters of #SwampLine9, 705-957-7468
Toronto: Lana Goldberg, Rising Tide Toronto, 416-257-0123
Vancouver: Maryam Adrangi ,Rising Tide Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories, 604-762-0536
Media Advisory about the occupation: http://www.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/18046