Activists cut free from Enbridge fence after pipeline reversal protest
Enbridge's Line 9B pipeline to begin reverse flow by November
Three activists who chained themselves to a fence at Enbridge's Montreal headquarters had their locks and chains cut just after noon on Tuesday.
After spending hours in the cold rain, Alyssa Symons-Bélanger, Jessica Lambert and a third woman were removed from the fence they chained themselves to at Enbridge's headquarters on Henri-Bourassa East.
She attached herself to a chain-link fence with a heavy chain around her waist and a bicycle lock around her neck.
“I know that today I stand with these people, and these people stand with me also in opposition of Enbridge’s Line 9," she said.
The group of protesters, who according to Symons-Bélanger are not part of a larger organization, issued a news release Tuesday morning saying they were looking to disrupt Suncor's refinery operations.
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Enbridge transports the crude oil to Montreal via pipeline, where refineries like Suncor process it.
Symons-Bélanger said she is against Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline reversal for a variety of reasons, including safety concerns and improper compensation for people whose land is touched by the pipeline.
She was a member of the group of protesters who walked for 34 days from Cacouna, Que., to Kanesatake in the spring.