The red line in this image from Enbridge shows how Line 9 meanders its way across Ontario and into Quebec.
CORNWALL, Ontario - A plan to transport tens of thousands of tar-like oil in a pipeline that cuts a swath through the Cornwall area is raising alarm bells with critics.
Enbridge plans to use a 640-km stretch of the so-called Line 9 pipeline that stretches from the Sarnia area to Montreal to carry oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands.
Critics are concerned that the aged pipeline is ripe for a leak or outright rupture and want area residents to attend an information session next Wednesday on the subject.
“This info forum is a must for everyone who wants to be informed about the environmental repercussions of the changes to Line 9 and recognizes the importance of environmental safeguards in the transport of hazardous materials," Coun. Elaine MacDonald said in a statement.
The information session begins at 7 p.m. in the MacEwen Room at the Benson Centre.
Enbridge has been operating the Line 9 pipeline – a 30-inch diameter pipeline, with a current capacity of approximately 240,000 barrels per day – safely and reliably since 1976. The company’s Eastern Canadian Refinery Access Initiative is expected help to level the playing field for Canadian refineries, safeguard jobs, and bolster the security of Canada’s energy supply at the same time.
Environmental group Defence Canada, via climate and energy campaigner Sabrina Bowman, will be represented at the meeting, along with environment and energy writer Derek Leahy who will provide 'need-to-know' information about Line 9.
“The decision-making process on Line 9 is moving so fast that the project could be approved by January without a lot of people in Ontario and Quebec knowing about the existence of the pipeline," Leahy said. "This is particularly unfair to the communities living along Line 9. They have a right to be involved in the final decision.”
The 37-yeard old Line 9 pipeline stretches from Sarnia to Montreal. It runs through Cornwall north of Highway 401 between County Road 18 and Headline Road. Line 9 crosses every waterway flowing into Lake Ontario and the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers.