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DAM LINE 9! Concert! Saturday Afternoon August 9
August 9, 2014Activists Have Confirmed Several Musical Acts to Play Show at Blockade Site
Deshkaan Ziibing, Anishinabek Territory Land defenders have been occupying a Line 9 construction site since Tuesday, August 5. The police have advised that trespassing charges apply to the occupation, but the group has decided to stay indefinitely. Activists are committed to stopping the construction on Enbridges site, asserting that Line 9 poses a danger to people, animals, land, and water.
Blockaders have arranged for Tunes Against the Tar Sands to take place from 5pm until 7:30 pm Saturday, August 9. The group has issued an invitation for anyone to attend and learn more about the project. 5 musical acts from communities along the route of Line 9 have confirmed they will perform.
The site is currently undergoing a valve installation 500m from the Thames River. Activists say the construction will not protect against a leak of toxic diluted bitumen into the water source. Line 9 is the same age and design as the Enbridge pipeline which caused the largest in-land oil spill in American history. Enbridge has identified more than 12,000 flaws in Line 9s structure, and the line has already leaked at least 35 times in less than 40 years.
Activists are also concerned that Line 9 will facilitate the expansion of the tar sands, exacerbating impacts on down stream communities and contributing to catastrophic climate change.
Weve tried pursuing avenues with the National Energy Board and within local and regional governments. The concerns expressed by individual people and municipalities were ignored. The official processes have merely rubber-stamped dangerous tar sands projects and failed to protect us, so we are here out of necessity, says Rachel Avery, a blockader. This project is also being illegally forced through without meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities. For example, the Chippewas of the Thames have appealed the NEB approval, but Enbridge has continued to work on the line regardless, Avery continued.
The site is located on Oxford County Rd 5 (aka 17th Line) in Innerkip, ON (near Woodstock) between Township Rd 10 and Township Rd 9 (aka Braemar Side Road).
DIRECTIONS TO SITE FROM 401
1) Take exit for Oxford Rd 29, signs for Innerkip
2) Go North on 29
3) Turn right on Blandford Rd
4) Turn left on township Rd 9, also called Braemar Side Road
5) Turn right on Township Rd 5, also called 17th Line
6) Green sign for the site is 696045 county rd 5, we are betweenBraemar/9 and Township Rd 10
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