Line 9 reversal halted due to danger to rivers and lakes

Environmental Defense Staff
Kalamazoo River Closed Sign

The National Energy Board (NEB) just rejected Enbridge’s request for permission to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice.

It turns out that Enbridge has failed to meet one of the most important and basic safety requirements – providing proof that there are emergency shut-off valves on both sides of all major water crossings along the pipeline’s route.

These valves are critical. If the pipeline were to rupture anywhere near a river and there was no valve, huge quantities of oil could spill into the waterway, even if the pipeline had been shut down by the company.