The havoc currently being wreaked by rampaging wildfires out west, fueled in part by climate change, reminds us that reducing climate pollution is more urgent than ever. This should be at the forefront this week as provincial energy ministers meet in Halifax, and premiers and territorial leaders gather in St. John’s.
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The wall of opposition to the 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East project continues to grow all across the pipeline route. Heading into the summer months, here are some exciting campaign updates and next steps.
Things have really been heating up in New Brunswick. TransCanada has been repeatedly called on to have public meetings with an open Q/A. So far TransCanada has refused opting instead for their tightly scripted trade-show-style ‘open houses.’ This is further eroding their social license.
Last Friday marked the final day of our Prairies Energy East: Our Risk – Their Reward tour. This was the third tour along the 4400km pipeline path, the first visited Ontario and the second, Atlantic Canada.
As anticipated, TransCanada has pulled the plug on the controversial Cacouna port that really should never have seen the light of day. Massive export port beside (endangered) beluga whale habitat, with massive tankers plying the St Lawrence? Nope.
Preliminary assessments of four reports commissioned by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) from technical advisors are now available on the OEB’s website.
You can find the presentations on economic impacts, pipeline safety, climate change and natural environment impacts here (scroll down to "Part Two: Community Discussion Documents").
After a successful event in Halifax we headed to Cornwallis, a small community of around 400, near Digby and Annapolis Royal. The evening public forum saw 130 local residents join us for a lively discussion facilitated by Hague, a nearby resident who used to work for Environment Canada.
From Cornwallis, we made our way to Saint John for another public forum, stopping in Sackville New Brunswick to meet with local residents, students and professors that are at the heart of an amazing local fightback against fracking, and other social justice work.
What a powerhouse panel and discussion. Following an introduction from me describing the project and outlining our core concerns around pipeline safety, marine spills and climate concerns with the pipeline, Cherri Foytlin talked to the audience. I don’t think there was anyone in the room not moved by what they heard.
U.S. proponents of fracking took a major hit today. As reported in the L.A. Times: “Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California's vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national "black gold mine" of petroleum.”
Monterey Shale, alongside other U.S. deposits such as Marcellus and Utica have been promoted as opportunities for the U.S. to become more energy independent.
Today’s announcement undercuts this position and gives further clout to the anti-fracking movement opposing the myriad of consequences of fracking, from consuming and polluting huge amounts of water to its huge carbon footprint.
The Ontario Energy Board has been collecting comments as part of its ongoing Energy East Consultation. The Council of Canadians has added a formal submission outlining why this pipeline is all risk and little reward for Ontario. You can read the full submission.
The ‘Our Risk – Their Reward’ Energy East tour of six Ontario communities has just one more stop next Monday in Cornwall. What a whirlwind it has been!
Spending two days in each community, we held a series of public forums, meetings, site visits and actions. This was done in collaboration with local organizers and groups – who we’ve learned so much from throughout this process – and looked a little different for each stop.