Swamp Line 9 Reportback! Discussion on Line 9 and Tar Sands resistance in Southern Ont (+ silent art auction)

On June 20th, a group of people started an occupation of the Enbridge's Westover Pump Station near Hamilton, Ontario, at one of the several sits of construction on the Line 9 pipeline. The action, which lasted nearly a week, was both a response to Enbridge's careless disregard for our lives with it's despicable track record of oil spills, and an act of solidarity with the communities most affected by Tar Sands developments.

Join Swamp Line 9 organizers for an evening to discuss Line 9 and Tar Sands resistance in Southern Ontario.

**We will also be hosting a silent art auction to raise funds for Swamp Line 9 legal support. Light refreshments will be served ***


In the past few years, we have seen different versions of Toronto's possible future; in both Kalamazoo and Arkansas, an aging pipeline whose flow had been reversed to accommodate tar sands bitumen, spilled and devastated homes, wildlife, waterways and people's health. Chemicals specific to the transport of bitumen poisoned the air, while the heavier bitumen sank in the waterways, making it near impossible to clean.

Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline – a 37 year old pipeline that is almost identical in build and age to the Line 6 pipeline that ruptured in Kalamazoo – runs alongside Finch Ave in North Toronto. Considering the risks involved with the transport of dilbit (diluted bitumen), this pipeline should not be allowed to carry this substance through any densely populated area.

But instead of opposing or even carefully considering Enbridge’s proposal to send tar sands through this aging infrastructure, the project is being pushed through without as much as an environmental assessment! In fact, the National Energy Board is doing everything it can to shut out voices from the public in the approval process.*


We stand in solidarity with those at the Swamp Line 9 action because they acted directly to stop Enbridge’s Line 9 from carrying tar sands bitumen through Ontario. In doing so, they were protecting the Beverly Swamp in the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Hamilton's largest watershed, and all of the watersheds that Line 9 crosses.

We recognize that corrupt forces are governing the approval process for Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal proposal, from Harper's omnibus bills to an increasingly powerful tar sands lobby. We recognize that while Swamp Line 9's tactics might technically be against the law, they are necessary in preventing this dangerous proposal from becoming an inevitability.

Support Swamp Line 9 legal defence here: http://www.gofundme.com/swampline9

* “Energy board changes pipeline complaint rules” Gloria Galloway, Globe and Mail, April 5, 2013 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/energy-board-changes-pipeline-complaint-rules/article10824925/

July 24, 2013 at 7pm - 9pm
CSI Annex
720 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
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  • Sharon McCullough
    commented 2013-07-27 13:09:20 -0700
    I will be honored to stand with others against the death of millions of acres, earth mates, plants, waterways, forests, wildlife, agricultural land, OUR Great Lakes and all of northern and southern Ontario. Funny, but the pipeline seems to run through industrial and immigrant communities from what I remember about the streets of Toronto. Perhaps the fumes and filth are INTENDED to kill many Indian, Black, Polish, Hungarian, Jamaican, Italian, Filipinos, poor …. If we do not rid the planet of Harper, Obama, oil and the filth of greed, racism, corruption, contamination and suppression of the entire oil industry and take up with HEMP for clothing, paper, FUEL!!!!!!!!!, building homes, vehicles – we will all die no matter how much money one has stolen for blood. The days of killing through vaccinations, ‘experiments’ GM food and toxic humans needs to end. CBC better smarten up and decide whether they stand with the people or the fraudulent Harper cons. We can’t support them any further until they draw a line. Hear that CBC???? The day of Harper facing us charged properly with crimes against humanity, the planet, ecocide, genocide, TREASON, fraud, spying and torture MUST come BEFORE they come back in the fall . Oh to find a lawyer who will draw up the papers to serve the cons….. . Or are they?