Is Enbridge pipeline in Canada going to be the next Standing Rock?

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favor of Enbridge’s 40 year old pipeline (Line 9) to continue running through citizens of Chippewas of the Thames territory despite their objection.

Chief Myeengun Henry requested that the government take 30 days to reconsider the verdict. But Citizens of Chippewas of the Thames and and Aamjiwnaang First Nation believe that they may be left with no choice but to engage in acts of civil disobedience to stop the flow of Tar Sands through their lands.

Line 9 was originally built over 40 years ago for the purpose of transporting light crude oil from the middle east. After more than 20 leaks and spills, the same pipeline is pumping a much thicker and more abrasive Dilbit.  Transporting the Alberta Tar Sands requires increased pressure and added fluids.

Line 9’s twin is the infamous Line 6B, which was responsible for the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill. That spill released more than 1,000,000 gallons of Tar Sands over an area approximately twenty five square miles.

By November 2014, the total ecological recovery efforts have cost more than $1.2 billion, with another $219 million yet to be paid. The ongoing environmental and economic disaster is still being dealt with today, and remains the largest pipeline spill to have occurred on American soil.

And yet, as the Canadian government continues to expand drilling operations and pipelines through sensitive areas, it is the indigenous tribes that continue to bear the brunt of the development through the lands ceded to them by their respective governments.

Now many are left to wonder if this could bring about the resurgence of political activism in Canada that has gone silent since the “Idle No More” movement of 2012, and follow in the footsteps of the recent fight against the North Dakota Access Pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

 

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