A group of activists shut down the Line 9 pipeline at the Quebec-Ontario border on December 7, 2015. Briarpatch published a first-hand account of the day’s events, written by “Will,” one of the activists involved in the action.
Line 9 is a 40-year old pipeline that, as of December 3, is transporting western crude oils, including tar sands bitumen, to eastern refineries and ports. The pipeline goes through 18 Indigenous communities, many of whom assert that they have not been adequately consulted, neither 40 years ago at the time of original construction nor now. The project has faced a court challenge from the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation and strong opposition from municipalities and activists, resulting in considerable delays.