A web of pipelines is spreading from the Alberta Tar Sands to the four corners of North America. Should you fear the diluted bitumen it carries beneath your unknowing feet?
Canada's oil pipelines traverse the landscape above and below ground, pumping ever-increasing quantities of a much maligned and coveted fossil fuel through fragile ecosystems, underneath cities and communities, and across waterways all across the country. Line 9 is one such pipeline, stretching 900 kilometres through the heart of Ontario and Quebec. This documentary film considers the implications and fears that surround Enbridge's application to reverse the flow of crude along Line 9, opening the door for Canadian heavy crude oil, including diluted bitumen from Alberta's Tar Sands. As public concern over climate change, environmental degradation, and sickness caused by pollutants grows, pipeline spills are emerging as a focal issue for indigenous communities, activists and others who oppose the expansion of these oil transportation networks. With over 9 million people living within range of Line 9, it is a wonder more people are not concerned.