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Enbridge's Line 9: Experts express safety, economic concerns at Toronto hearings

Last Friday, international pipeline safety expert Richard Kuprewicz and energy economists Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan expressed concerns about the Enbridge Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity expansion project at National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Toronto.

Richard Kuprewicz explained his assessment of a "high risk of rupture on Line 9 in the early years of the reversal" and addressed Enbridge's refusal to prudently implement the lessons from its Marshall, Michigan rupture in 2010.

Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan – who demonstrated to the Obama administration that the economic benefits and job numbers for Keystone XL have been greatly exaggerated by proponents – disussed why the Line 9 project involves a substantial risk of major economic damage and disruption – and potential loss of life. "This is especially true in Toronto and Montreal, where the pipeline runs parallel to or across key urban infrastructure and could threaten the drinking water supply, resulting in multi-billion dollar costs," warned Ian Goodman, President, The Goodman Group, Ltd. 

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