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Regina chapter marches against Energy East and Dakota Access pipelines

The Council of Canadians Regina chapter joined with Colonialism No More for a march against the Energy East pipeline yesterday.

News Talk 980 reports, “Colonialism No More organized the event to protest the pipeline that is set to run through Harbour Landing in Regina. Sue Deranger, a member of Colonialism No More, says the pipeline they want to use, which is an existing natural gas line, isn’t made to carry crude oil and is a disaster in the making. ‘It’s an accident waiting to happen and when it spills, not if it spills, it will be 1.1-million litres which means not just Harbour Landing, it means all of Regina and we will all be poisoned,’ said Deranger. The rally also included a walk of solidarity to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux members and their protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.”

The Facebook outreach for the march had said, “Connect the dots from Harbour Landing to Standing Rock! No pipelines in ANYONE’S backyard. Join us in a rally in solidarity with Standing Rock and in opposition to TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline. Rally at the entry to Harbour Landing followed by walk and BBQ.”

On April 14, 2015, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow visited the Harbour Landing subdivision in southwest Regina to see the community the pipeline would put at risk. We have also expressed our solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. That 570,000 barrel per day pipeline that would cross 200 waterways on its route from North Dakota to Illinois.

The Energy East pipeline would run through or near Regina, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Burstall, Cabri, Caron, Chaplin, Grenfell, Herbert, Montmartre, White City, and eleven First Nations in Saskatchewan. It would also cross or pass near major waterways including the South Saskatchewan River, Moose Jaw River and the Swift Current Creek watershed.

The National Energy Board hearings are presently on hold as the NEB determines what to do following the resignation of the panel reviewing the Energy East application. Public pressure demanded that they resign after it was revealed they had a private meeting with former Quebec premier Jean Charest, a paid consultant for TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline.

The NEB has previously stated that the federal government would make a decision on Energy East by June 2018.