East End Against Line 9

Submission by East End Against Line 9 to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Subcommittee of the City of Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee

We propose that the Climate Change Subcommittee review potential initiatives to protect residents from the perils of toxic unconventional oil transport through the city by rail and pipeline. Steps are needed toward a municipal ban on these dangerous cargoes.

Ruptured Enbridge pipeline from Kalamazoo spill 2010 - credit NTSB Ruptured Enbridge pipeline from Kalamazoo spill 2010 – credit NTSB

Background

Toronto is being forced to serve as a corridor for transportation of dangerous oil products that threaten our communities and our environment.

A federal regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), has approved an aging pipeline, Enbridge’s Line 9, for cross-Toronto transport of diluted bitumen (tar sands oil) – a toxic substance that, if spilled, threatens our land, air, and water supply. Line 9 may flow by the summer; it could start pumping diluted bitumen at any time…

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