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Rules “a consequence of weakened federal environmental laws under Bill C-38”
TORONTO, ON, Apr 5, 2013 – New undemocratic rules are creating a barrier to public participation in upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) hearings into the proposal for Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline. For the first time, members of the public who want to send a letter with comments to the NEB about a pipeline project must first apply for permission to participate – by filling out a 10-page form that includes a request for a resume and references.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed a no-fly zone over the site of the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas. ExxonMobil’s Pegasus tar sands oil pipeline ruptured last Friday and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood, drainage system and lake.
22 homes had to be evacuated.
The restriction went into effect Monday and will remain in place “until further notice”, according to this FAA website posting.
Last Friday’s ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas, should warn Canadians against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 project, says Environmental Defence. The Pegasus pipeline raptured and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood and near a lake. Local residents had to be evacuated.
Environmental Defence, a non-partisan environmental charity, says Line 9 poses serious risks to drinking water and the environment in neighborhoods, cities and farms in Ontario and Quebec.
Tar sands bitumen spills harder and costlier to clean up
It’s amazing to watch the lengths to which Enbridge and the oil industry will go in pretending that tar sands diluted bitumen (dilbit) is no different from conventional oil.
On Aug. 26, the Canadian Press reported that the Northern Gateway spill-response plan filed by Enbridge with the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) deals only with conventional oil, not specifically with the dilbit that the proposed pipeline will carry.
Day seven of blockade: Group hopes to slow down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil
By: Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams
Braving frigid temperatures and intense snowfall, a group of Red Lake Nation tribal members are now on their seventh day of a blockade of an Enbridge oil pipeline, which they say passes illegally through their sacred tribal land in northern Minnesota.
Source: London Free Press
It was the worst pipeline spill ever on American soil, a disaster regulators say was brought on by the recklessness of pipeline giant Enbridge.
But Canada’s National Energy Board will ignore those findings in deciding the fate of an Enbridge pipeline in Ontario that could bring oilsands oil here and to the American east coast.
The board’s decision angered landowners along the pipeline from Sarnia to west of Toronto.
Some accuse the board of being more concerned with Enbridge’s profits than with farms and rivers that would be in harm’s way should the pipeline burst.
“(The board) is in the pockets of the companies,” said Margaret Vance, president of the Ontario Pipeline Landowners Association.