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STOP LINE 3

Posted by strattof on November 4, 2017

In 2016, the Trudeau government approved a new Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. This pipeline will run right through southern Saskatchewan, carrying toxic tar sands oil from Alberta on route to US refineries. A larger diameter pipeline, it will more than double the capacity of the old Line 3 to transport tar sands oil.

In making this decision, Prime Minister Trudeau privileged the interests of the fossil fuel industry over the concerns of many Indigenous peoples and settler Canadians across the country.

He also broke three of his election promises:

  1. To make Canada a world climate leader: If Line 3 goes through, Canada will not be able to meet the commitments it made under the Paris Climate Agreement.
  2. To overhaul the National Energy Board’s environmental assessment process before considering any more pipelines.
  3. To implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The matter is urgent! At this very moment, the Saskatchewan portion of Line 3 is being built in the area approaching Regina.

For all our sake, we need to stop this pipeline!

LINE 3 PIPELINE BASICS

  1. Line 3 will transport tar sands oil from Hardisty Alberta to Superior Wisconsin for transport to refinery markets in the US.
  2. In order to side-step permit procedures, Enbridge calls Line 3 a replacement pipeline. But it is not. It is a new, larger diameter pipeline with a different route in a number of areas.
  3. Line 3 will transport nearly one million barrels of toxic tar sands oil per day.
  4. The capacity of Line 3 is even greater than that of the much higher-profile Keystone XL pipeline, which, should it be built now it has Trump’s approval, will carry 700,000 barrels a day.
  5. Line 3 crosses Saskatchewan, passing through Treaty 6 and Treaty 4 territories.
  6. Line 3 passes just a few kilometres south of Regina. It also
  • Runs through or near a number of towns, farms, and First Nations;
  • Crosses Saskatchewan’s vulnerable and shrinking prairie grasslands;
  • Crisscrosses 14 watercourses, including two major Rivers, tunneling under the South Saskatchewan River south of Outlook, and under the Qu’Appelle River near Bethune, and threatening all downstream land, water, and communities.
  1. Line 3 is owned by Enbridge, a Calgary-based corporation. Enbridge includes among its shareholders all major Canadian banks: RBC, BMO, TD, CIBC, and Bank of Nova Scotia.

ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN

Pipelines are accidents waiting to happen.

  • In 2015 – 2016 there were 128 pipeline spills in Canada.
  • On average, 20 pipeline spills occur annually in Saskatchewan.
  • In 2016, a massive spill from a Huskie pipeline leaked oil into the Northern Saskatchewan, River, contaminating the drinking water of 70,000 people.

Like all pipeline companies, Enbridge claims its pipelines are safe. Its safety records tell a different story.

  • Enbridge is responsible for the largest spill in US history. In 2010 an Enbridge pipeline ruptured in Michigan, spilling 27,000 barrels of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River.
  • Between1999 and 2013, there were 1068 Enbridge spills, an average of 71 spills a year.

Oil spills contaminate water, land, and air. They also kill wildlife and sicken people. Tar sands oil is particularly toxic as it must be thinned with thousands of chemicals to make it run through a pipe.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Line 3 is an environmental hazard as it will expand tar sands production.

  • Tar sands production poisons the water, air, land, and people in surrounding First Nations communities.
  • Tar sands development is the single biggest contributor to the growth of carbon emissions in Canada, thus driving dangerous climate change.
  • 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded—until 2016 beat it by a wide margin. Now 2017 is on track to set another heat record.
  • Climate scientists warn that, if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must leave at least 85% of tar sands oil in the ground.

Indigenous communities have taken the lead in opposing pipe-lines. The original caretakers of this land, they are determined to protect it, and the entire planet, from environmental destruction.

EARTH PROTECTORS

First Nations across Canada have been saying “no” to tar sands development and tar sands pipelines for decades. Calling themselves protectors (rather than “protesters”), thousands of Indigenous peoples from across the Americas said “no” to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock ND. 

WE ALL MUST BE EARTH PROTECTORS!

TAKE ACTION

  1. Tell Prime Minister Trudeau
  • That saying “yes” to pipelines is saying “yes” to climate catastrophe.
  • That climate leaders do not approve new tar sands pipelines. Also let Prime Minister Trudeau know you want a) the National Energy Board to review the Line 3 pipeline project and b) his government to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to “free, prior, and informed consent.”

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca or 613-995-0253.

  1. Ask your bank if it has investments in Enbridge.
  2. Learn more about Line 3: https://www.stopline3.org/

 

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