All-Woman Tripod and Lockdown Halts Enbridge Line 9 Pipeline Operations for Hours

The third woman at the protest spent hours teetering on this makeshift construction before being removed by firefighters. (Kate McKenna/CBC)
October 7th, 2014
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.

Enbridge plans to reverse the 9B section of its Line 9 pipeline. (Enbridge)

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.