FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Enbridge Line 9 Decision
Leave to Open (LTO) Not Granted
MANY CONDITIONS TO BE MET BEFORE OIL FLOWS
99.999% Company Safety Record. BUT 0.001% = 20 Million L Oil Spilled in 10yrs.
- This is the equivalent of over 6 Kalamazoo Disasters (Line 6B 2010 Spill)
Enbridge is replacing Line 3 ($7 Billion), but not Line 9. Why?
- Both Line 3 and Line 9 are of the same era and outdated engineering standards.
Line 9 (1975) only meets engineering standards of 1971.
- Single layer polyethylene tape coating is known to disbond (peel away from pipe) (Fusion Bond Epoxy (FBE) coating now used on new pipelines).
- Line 9 – 30” diameter pipe with 0.25″ wall thickness. (Northern Gateway would be built at today’s minimum standard of 0.375”)
NEB Condition 9 – Enbridge must file an updated Engineering Assessment.
- Line 9B Engineering Assessment filed with NEB was based on 2004-2006 data.
- Results of 2012-2013 inspections were not included in hearing process, even though Enbridge had the results in January 2013.
NEB Condition 12 – Enbridge must provide information about estimated maximum amount of oil released before a leak is detected.
- No amount of oil released should be acceptable!
- Communities along Line 9 need safe drinking water. Small, pinhole leaks could contaminate wells and source water for the over 9.1 million people along the line.
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