As some of you may have heard, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a searing report on Enbridge’s management of Line 6B, which burst in 2010 and spilled 1 million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge knew about corrosion and cracks in this specific section of the pipeline, but they did not take the proper precautions or fix the problem. This news has spread around the internet, making its way to The Rachel Maddow Show, The Pembina Institute, The Tyee, and more.
This is the same corporation that is trying to pump pollusive, dangerous, toxic tar sands oil through New England and Maine by implementing the Trailbreaker project (which I have been writing about). New Englanders and Mainers saw the devastation of the Kalamazoo River spill, and we fear for our homes, our water, and our environment. We must learn from history and fight to protect our land from tar sands oil. We can use this opportunity to fight the fossil fuel industry and move towards renewable clean energy.
Citizens in Bethel, ME understand the consequences of Trailbreaker. On Tuesday night, the Sierra Club and local activists organized a community forum to educate people and talk about Trailbreaker. As the Maine Sierra Club intern, I helped to organize this meeting and develop presentation materials. The forum was a success. We had about twenty-five people in attendance, and there was a vibrant engaged discussion after the presentation. This article from the local newspaper, the Bethel Citizen, gives more information on the meeting and content.
So Enbridge is at fault. Tar sands oil is toxic. Communities are rallying to educate. People will fight to protect.
Let’s keep the momentum going. My next couple of blog posts will be about action opportunities coming up at the end of July, so stay tuned!