Media Release


Enbridge Line 9 Decision

 Leave to Open (LTO) Not Granted


 Key Points:

99.999% Company Safety Record. BUT 0.001% = 20 Million L Oil Spilled in 10yrs.

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  • Both Line 3 and Line 9 are of the same era and outdated engineering standards.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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