Crossing the (pipe)line: Waterloo Region joins the fight against Line 9

Author: Kathryn Wettlaufer

Enbridge Energy Inc.’s Line 9 pipeline has been in the news a lot this summer due to fierce opposition which now includes the local campaign “Waterloo Region Against Line 9”. Across the country, there have been public demonstrations and direct actions, as well as a federal lawsuit recently launched against the Harper government over their restrictions to public participation in the National Energy Board hearings, which will decide whether to approve or deny phase II of the Line 9 project.

The resistance is set to continue this fall with the NEB hearings coming up in October. But what the heck is Line 9, anyway? And why should folks living and studying in Waterloo care about it? Here’s the issue in a nutshell.

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