Protesters disrupt hearing on pumping tarsands oil through Flamborough
May 23, 2012
Protesters have halted a hearing into a proposal to ship tarsands oil through Flamborough.
Enbridge has asked the National Energy Board to allow for a reversal of flow in its Line 9 pipeline which runs from Sarnia to Westover.
The three-day hearing opened Wednesday morning, but was immediately stopped when Native and environmental protestors began chanting in a London, Ont. hearing room.
It is unclear if the hearing will reconvene today, said Gillian McEachern, a deputy campaigns director with Environmental Defence, which is challenging Enbridge’s proposal.
“We are all lingering outside the hearing room and National Energy Board staff and Enbridge representatives slipped through the back door.”
According to the London Free Press, police are planning how to regain control of the room so the hearing can continue.
Those opposed to the plan say tarsands oil is more corrosive and dangerous than conventional oil.
Enbridge announced last week that it will apply to reverse oil flow as far east as Montreal.