No 791 Posted by fw, June 26, 2013
20 Activists Arrested at Tar Sands Line 9 Blockade by Krystalline Kraus, rabble.ca, June 26, 2013 – “Hamilton Police moved on to the #SwampLine9 protest action in Ontario this morning mass arresting almost everyone on site including activists further up the street and the police liaison.”
Enbridge Inc served an injunction this morning on the group that has occupied its Westover pumping station since Thursday morning. Some protestors have decided to remain on the site, while others are rallying across the street and asking supporters to join them there.
Support rallies are also scheduled today in twelve cities across Canada including a 3 pm gathering in Gore Park in downtown Hamilton.
“The injunction means our strategies for how to stop this project need to adapt,” said a media release from the occupiers this morning. “Some of us will leave the site to continue demonstrating across the street, while others have decided it’s necessary to lock themselves down to remain on the site as long as possible.”
One of those individuals called the Enbridge action “disgraceful” because she says the conflict with the company “is rooted in their refusal to meaningfully consult and seek consent” from the communities across Ontario and Quebec who are facing impacts from the increased flows and addition of tar sands dilbit in the Enbridge pipeline from Sarnia to Montreal.
The company action comes after a weekend rupture of an Alberta pipeline operated by Enbridge, and earlier revelations of a very large spill of tar sands effluent that has decimated over 100 acres of boreal forest in the northern part of that province.
Last week the Standard and Poor’s credit agency indicated it is considering downgrading tar sands companies because of the pipeline challenges they are facing in getting their products to foreign markets.
CATCH (Citizens at City Hall) is a volunteer community group that encourages civic participation in Hamilton. Our members attend and report on meetings of city councillors and other City committees, and carry out related research and activities.
Swamp Line 9 website — “For the past year, we have organized in our communities across Southern Ontario to raise awareness of Enbridge’s plan to reverse Line 9. Increased awareness quickly led to concern and to a desire from our communities to at the very least make our voices heard about our opposition to this project. What we found was a rigged game, where the political party most indebted to the oil industry had taken spectacular measures to remove the usual environmental oversights from Line 9 and other pipeline projects. The Line 9 reversal is, from the perspective of the powerful, a foregone conclusion and they have insultingly offered only the most meaningless opportunities for public engagement.”