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Protesters Halt Work at Enbridge Pipeline Site in North Toronto

Demonstration at Dufferin and Finch the latest of many against the company's controversial Line 9 project.

A No Fracking, No Tar Sands, No Line 9 protest held outside City Hall in May  Photo by Flickr user J P D,

A No Fracking, No Tar Sands, No Line 9 protest held outside City Hall in May.
Photo by Flickr user J_P_D.

A group of protesters at Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West is obstructing work on an Enbridge pipeline that’s part of the Calgary-based energy giant’s controversial Line 9 project.

The protest is one of several recent demonstrations in the GTA against Line 9 (which include actions in Etobicoke and Burlington). Police have told The Canadian Press that the demonstration this morning, organized by a group called Community Response Unit for Decontaminating Our Environment, has been a peaceful one. Officers are on the scene.

Line 9 has for years carried crude oil between Sarnia and Montreal. Originally it shuttled oil west to east, but in the 1990s the flow was reversed in response to market conditions. Now Enbridge wants oil to flow eastward once more, to service refineries in Ontario and Quebec. The company also wants to increase the line’s capacity to allow it to carry 300,000 barrels of crude per day (up from the current daily rate of 240,000 barrels).

Critics of the Line 9 project say it will harm the environment, threatening water supplies and endangering local ecosystems. Many have also criticized the lack of consultation with Aboriginal communities affected by the project.