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Protesters shut down Enbridge dig in North Dumfries

07/17/2014 12:36 EDT | Updated 09/16/2014 05:59 EDT
Protesters from Six Nations and southwestern Ontario stopped work at an integrity dig on 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.

“Meaningful consultation isn’t just providing information and going ahead without discussion – it’s giving the opportunity to say no and having a willingness to accommodate,” said protester Missy Elliot from Six Nations in a statement.

“Enbridge left a voice message on a machine with one person. That’s not meaningful – it’s not even consultation.” Said Emilie Corbeau.

Enbridge spokesperson Graham White told CBC Hamilton he couldn’t yet comment on the situation until he had more information.

This is the latest in a host of protests staged in and around the Hamilton area in recent months over the Line 9 Pipeline reversal. In May, a group of protesters blockaded the road to an exposed section of the pipeline in Burlington. Last June, a group of protesters shut down construction at an Enbridge pump station in rural Hamilton for days.

Though some 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.

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