In an open letter composed earlier this week, three Hamilton environmental groups joined forces to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Enbridge's Line 10 through Indigenous land and rural Hamilton land. Quite simply the reason why we oppose these pipeline projects so heavily is because if we want to make our world a better place to live in, it begins with not making the situation worse. Justin Trudeau wants to be respected and trusted but when he keeps going back on his own words, that does not make it any easier to do so.
Enbridge's Line 10 will run through Westover through Hamilton, and onward down to New York State. In addition to transporting bitumen sludge from Alberta, line 10 is also supposed to be expanded - from a 12" pipe to 20" pipe, significantly increasing capacity through aging infrastructure.
In addition, on October 18, 2016, Enbridge came to Hamilton to confer over Line 10, with heavy police presence. I guess they felt threatened or something, with all these people who care about the land, rallying outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel on King Street, downtown Hamilton. We had about 90 people come out on a beautiful Tuesday morning to voice their concerns. It was there that we met Mohawk Seedkeeper Terrylynn Brant, who spoke diligently over the importance of maintaining wildlife diversity in the area, and the lack of consultation on behalf of Enbridge.
In this letter, Don Mclean of Hamilton 350, Lynda Lukasik of Environment Hamilton, and Ed Reece of Council of Canadians- Hamilton Chapter, all agreed in the necessity to not expand tarsands infrastructure. In November of 2016, the federal government ratified the 2015 COP 21 Paris Accord, signifying their strong beliefs in countering climate change. Aside from incorporating a national 'carbon tax' that not only penalizes the consumer, on top of increasing hydro costs, the federal government also approved the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline, Enbridge Line 3, and in January 2017, Enbridge's line 10 through Hamilton. Trudeau wanted to tout his pride in 'shutting down' the Kitimat project, Northern Gateway, but we all know that that pipeline was dead in the water the second it was attempted to be birthed. So Trudeau approves 3 major pipeline projects, while saying he's an advocate for fighting climate change? Who is he kidding?
Read the open letter below and if you or someone you may know is interested in becoming a signatory, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.