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Calzavara says NEB audit underscores concerns about Energy East pipeline

The Canadian Press reports, “A group fighting TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East pipeline says a new National Energy Board safety audit underscores its concerns. The Council of Canadians says the problems flagged by the audit should have Canadians worried, considering TransCanada wants to build the country’s biggest pipeline.”

“Mark Calzavara, the council’s Ontario regional organizer, says TransCanada is not a company that inspires confidence, given its track record. …’It’s a real cause for concern considering that they want to build the biggest pipeline in Canada, the Energy East pipeline. People should be very worried about that’, said Calzavara. He said the NEB has tended to be ‘lenient’ when it comes to energy companies. ‘When they finally do come out and say ‘hey, you’ve got to get your act together’, it’s an indication of some very serious, serious problems.'”

“The NEB audit, released Monday, found TransCanada to be non-compliant in four of nine areas it examined and gave the company 30 days to file a plan detailing how it will fix the problems.” For more on this, please see the campaign blog, Energy East pipeline company found non-compliant in safety audit.

Taking action

From April 7-16, the Council of Canadians, with local partners, will be visiting six communities across Ontario to talk about the Energy East pipeline. The tour will feature Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow, Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation, a local speaker, and a video presentation about the diluted bitumen pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Tour dates

April 7 – Kenora

April 9 – Thunder Bay

April 12 – North Bay

April 13 – Ottawa

April 15 – Kemptville

April 16 – Cornwall

The admission to these events is free. To RSVP on Facebook please click here.