Dirty Tar Sands Bitumen May Be Flowing Through Halton

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Dirty Tar Sands Bitumen May Be Flowing Through Halton


Dirty tar sands bitumen may be flowing through Halton if Enbridge, famous for it pipeline spills, gets its way.

Enbridge is asking the Federal government to reverse it’s Line 9B pipeline so that it can carry bitumen from Alberta to the east coast of the United States.

This aging pipeline passes through Halton via Burlington and North Oakville.

A spill of Bitumen, the heaviest, thickest form of petroleum, which contains contaminants and heavy metals, poses significant risks for land, waterways and human health.

According to Environmental Defence, Enbridge’s application, ” has asked the NEB to grant Enbridge an exemption under section 58 of the National Energy Board Act for an exemption from a public hearing.”
Oakvillegreen is urging our Town Council to get involved in the issue, even though the project is under the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board (NEB) and does not require any municipal approvals or permits. Several communities along the proposed route, including Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington and Hamilton have asked for more information or to be included in the approval process.

Oakvillegreen has asked the Town and Halton Region be proactive and request that the NEB reject Enbridge’s request and order a full public hearing. We will keep you posted on this issue.

Karen Brock

President, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association