Enbridge Line 9 reversal to transport tar sands and fracked Bakken shale oil between Sarnia and Montreal contributes to the largest and fastest growing source of Canadian greenhouse gas emissions;
Expert opinion states the transportation of such products has a 90% likelihood of a significant Line 9 spill within the first five years of operation, posing risks to the health and well-being of Indigenous communities as well as millions of residents of Ontario and Quebec;
The Line 9 reversal project was authorized with inadequate Indigenous consultation and without Indigenous consent; and
During the recent election campaign, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau promised to revamp the regulatory process that approves Canadian pipeline projects.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to: (1) Reviews Line 9 under a new pipeline regulatory process that is robust, transparent, and democratic, incorporating both the upstream and downstream carbon emissions effects of tar sands production that compromise the 1.5oC warming threshold committed to by Canada;
(2) Acquires the consent of all impacted Indigenous communities in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta, as detailed in Indigenous, Treaty and Constitutional rights; and
(3) Creates and implements a national plan to transition the economy into a renewable energy future that provides decent green jobs and protects the environment for future generations.
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