Six Nations protesters stop Enbridge Line 9 dig in North Dumfries
Protesters from Six Nations stopped work at a dig on a portion of the Line 9 pipeline in North Dumfries Thursday morning.
According to a statement from protesters, a group marched onto a work site east of Highway 24 near the Grand River between Cambridge and Brantford around 10 a.m. Thursday. They say Enbridge’s employees are working without consent or consultation on land that is on Haudenosaunee territory.
“We’re against the pipeline, the construction, the bitumen tarsands oil running through this pipeline running across the Grand River territory… without proper consultation [with] our people,” said Missy Elliot, a Six Nations spokesperson.
Elliot said Six Nations was not consulted in advance of the construction and they only became aware of the dig when information pamphlets were delivered to area residents.
“They are supposed to consult and accommodate indigenous people,” said Elliot.
“Pamphlets in the mail are not proper consultation. Not sitting with us at the table… is not proper consultation.”
The protesters have faced arrests and legal challenges, they are still continuing to protest Enbridge integrity digs.
In March, the NEB approved a request from Enbridge to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of the controversial Line 9 pipeline that has been running between southern Ontario and Montreal for years.
Line 9 originally shuttled oil from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal, but was reversed in the late 1990s in response to market conditions to pump imported crude westward. Enbridge now wants to flow oil back eastwards to service refineries in Ontario and Quebec.
It plans to move 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the line, a rise from the current 240,000 barrels, with no increase in pressure.
Opponents argue the Line 9 plan puts communities at risk, threatens water supplies and could endanger vulnerable species in ecologically sensitive areas.