Ontario Citizens Demand an Environmental Assessment of Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 Reversal
  • Petitioned Kathleen Wynne

This petition was delivered to:

Kathleen Wynne
Minister of the Environment
Hon. James Bradley

Ontario Citizens Demand an Environmental Assessment of Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 Reversal

    1. Petition by

      Gerry Dunn


This major project poses considerable new risks not present in the previous life of Line 9, requiring a more comprehensive review than the Federal N.E.B. review process can provide.

This project is more than a reversal of direction. It involves an increase in capacity, and a significant change in what will be shipped through the pipeline. For the first time, more dangerous tar sands oil (DilBit) could be sent through Line 9.

Line 9 runs through 115 communities, including Toronto, Sarnia, Hamilton, London, and Kingston. It crosses many indigenous territories, and dozens of major rivers draining into Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Tar sands ‘DilBit’, raw bitumen diluted with condensate, is more corrosive to pipelines than conventional oil. And in the event of a spill, it’s more hazardous to human health and harder to clean up. Two of the largest pipeline spills in US history have been recently-converted DilBit pipelines.

Only a full environmental assessment can illuminate the project’s risks to the public and the environment. A spill into any of the major rivers Line 9 crosses could contaminate the drinking water of millions of Ontarians and cause permanent damage to ecosystems.

Quebec's Minister of Environment, Yves-Francois Blanchet, recently announced his province will launch an Environmental Assessment of Line 9.

Enbridge’s poor track record on pipeline safety warrants an independent review of their safety and emergency response plans, as well as the physical integrity of the pipeline.

Ontario residents need to know the risks of allowing this project to proceed; including the threat to property values, personal health, and safety. A full environmental assessment is the only way to prevent a disaster before it’s too late.

Launched July 1, 2013

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Toronto Star Steps Up!

      Gerry Dunn
      Petition Organizer

      A recent series of excellent articles and an editorial have welcomed the Toronto Star as a vocal critic of Line 9.


      This is a tipping point. Now we need to increase the pressure. If you want to take some local action, contact facilitator@stopline9-toronto.ca and ask how you can plant a Flower.

      Stop Line 9: Toronto

      Enbridge has begun the process of reversing the direction of its pipeline (Line 9) between Sarnia and Montreal in order to transport their Tar Sands from Alberta to Portland, Maine for shipment around the world. Their goal is to create a third alternative to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline through the U.S.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Public Response is Already Having an Impact!

      Gerry Dunn
      Petition Organizer
      Enbridge missing two key permits for Westover site

      Hamilton Spectator Enbridge Pipelines Inc. - the company responsible for the largest onshore oil spill in United States history - has been told by Ontario regulators it is missing two key environmental permits at its Flamborough operation.

    5. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • kenneth robinson FERGUS ONTARIO, CANADA
      • 21 days ago

      destroying the waters

      • 21 days ago

      I don't think any Canadian province should be put at environmental risks to move dangerous chemicals, in this case oil, through piplines.

    • Donna Barg CALGARY, CANADA
      • 21 days ago

      Does Steven Harper not care if Does Steven Harper not care if his decisions destroy the earth ?

    • June Fernandes TORONTO, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      tar sand oil spills and effect the environment and we need to stop it from changing the environment

    • Michael Waglay TORONTO, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      It's my water.


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