At-risk pipelines under the Ottawa River

Petition: 451

Issue(s): Compliance and enforcement; Human/environmental health; Toxic substances; Water

Petitioner(s): A Canadian resident

Petitioner location(s): Longueuil, Quebec

Date received: 5 March 2021

Status: Completed—Response(s) to petition received

Summary: This petition raises concerns about the state of underwater sections of pipelines owned by Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. and Enbridge Inc. (Line 9b) that cross the Ottawa River between Oka, Quebec, and Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, and between Pointe Fortune, Quebec, and Saint André d’Argenteuil, Quebec. According to the petition, these pipelines are in a neglected state, and the petition expresses concerns about the effects of a potential pipeline leak on marine life and drinking water quality.

The petition asks for details about the condition of these underwater pipelines and about the potential risks that they may pose. It also asks about the preventative measures, maintenance, and monitoring steps being taken to ensure that the pipelines are properly looked after. In addition, the petition seeks information on any emergency response measures that may exist in the event of an incident involving the pipelines.

Federal departments/organizations responsible for reply: Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Transportation Safety Board of Canada