Pipeline safety expert finds “high risk of Line 9 rupture” if National Energy Board approves Enbridge’s reversal plan: Coalition of environmental groups call for rejection

oil-pipeline-oozeMontreal and Toronto – Evidence submitted last week to the National Energy Board (NEB) regarding Enbridge’s application to reverse its Line 9 oil pipeline through Quebec and Ontario raised new concerns about the safety of the project and the high risk of an oil spill.

International pipeline safety expert, Richard Kuprewicz, concluded that:

The evidence was filed as part of the NEB intervention by Equiterre, Environmental Defence, ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU), The Association québécoise de lute contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), The Sierra Club Canada (Quebec Chapter), Climate Justice Montreal (CJM) and Nature Québec. This coalition of environmental groups is urging the NEB to reject Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal proposal.
“This evidence clearly shows what we have been saying for a long time. This project will put the health and the quality of the environment of our communities at risk both in Ontario and Quebec. In light of this, I cannot see how the NEB could approve this reckless project,” said Steven Guilbeault, Senior Director with Equiterre.
“This is the most damning indictment we’ve seen of Enbridge’s plan, which would saddle Ontario and Quebec with the danger of a tar sands oil spill,” said Adam Scott of Environmental Defence. “The Line 9 proposal should be rejected. Our communities, our drinking water and our shared environment shouldn’t be put at risk.”
In light of Kuprewicz’s findings of a high risk for rupture of Line 9, energy economics experts, Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan, concluded:
About the experts:
Richard Kuprewicz has over 40 years of energy industry experience, has held management positions at pipeline companies, and has assisted various parties in major investigations into pipeline ruptures, such as at Kalamazoo, Michigan and in San Bruno, California.
Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan have over 55 years of experience between them in energy economics and regulation, with a specialization in the evaluation of the economic impacts of large energy projects. They recently co-authored an influential study of Keystone XL job impacts.
The experts’ testimonies on Line 9 can be found at http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/fetch.asp?language=E&ID=A53309. The NEB hearings are expected to occur this fall. The coalition will be participating in the hearings as an intervenor.
For more information or interview requests, please contact:
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 258; 416-570 2878 (cell) ncarniol@environmentaldefence.ca
Julie Tremblay, Équiterre, 514-605-2000, jtremblay@equiterre.org
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