OTTAWA: Energy East: Our Risk - Their Reward

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 23:00

Maude Barlow  Eriel Deranger   Graham Saul   Andrea Harden-Donahue

The Council of Canadians, with local partners, will be visiting Ottawa, Ontario to talk about why TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward for Ontarians.

TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project would convert a 40 year-old natural gas pipeline from Saskatchewan to Ontario, connecting it with new pipeline through Quebec and on to Saint John, New Brunswick. Transporting 1.1 million barrels of oil every day, it would be the largest oil pipeline in North America.

Join Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow, Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Graham Saul from Ecology Ottawa, and Andrea Harden-Donahue from the Council of Canadians to hear more about how the Energy East Pipeline project is “Our risk – their reward.” This tour stop will also feature a video presentation about the diluted bitumen pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON (map)
Doors open 6:30 p.m., event starts at 7:00
Free admission!

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The tour is taking place at the same time as Ontario Energy Board consultations on the implications of the Energy East pipeline for the province. These consultations are an important platform to have our voices heard, and encourage our provincial government to stand up for Ontarians against this broken pipeline plan.

Background Information:

Ontario is a key battleground for the TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline.

  • The conversion of an existing gas pipeline, which would transport oil across major waterways in Ontario, raises heightened concerns about the potential for a major spill or rupture.
  • Diluted bitumen produced in the tar sands is unlike conventional oil ­– a spill would have devastating environmental impacts that are nearly impossible to clean up as seen with the Enbridge pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • The pipeline would result in more than 650,000 barrels per day of additional tar sands production, which means even more toxic exposure for downstream communities.
  • The increased production would also generate up to 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year – equivalent to the annual emissions of all the cars in Ontario.
  • The vast majority of the tar sands oil that will be pumped through the Energy East pipeline will be exported. We get all the risk, they get all the reward.
Photos: Maude Barlow (photo by Wolfgang Schmidt), Eriel Deranger (photo by Ben Powless)