More than 10,000 people marched yesterday for Jobs Justice and the Climate in Toronto. The links were made between Indigenous rights, migrant justice, austerity, health and climate change. A very powerful day with participation from our chapters from London, Hamilton, Guelph Toronto Peterborough, Thunder Bay and Niagara.
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Council chapters from London and Guelph came to Toronto today to join a large protest in solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation who are appealing the National Energy Board’s approval of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline which runs through southern Ontario and is set to carry tar sands diluted bitumen east for export.
Ontario MPP Peter Tabuns’ anti-fracking private members bill is getting a surprising amount of backlash from Ontario natural gas interests considering that there are supposedly no hydraulic fracturing projects in the works for the province. Bill 82 goes for second reading at Queen’s Park this Thursday...
Today, people gathered outside of the Federal Court of Appeals in Toronto in support of the hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut who are asking the court to prevent seismic testing from happening in their traditional hunting areas off the coast of Baffin Island. The 900-person hamlet is up against the National Energy Board and several multinational corporations who are looking for oil and gas deposits under the seabed. Communities in the area are concerned about how testing would affect the seals, narwhal, and fish that are staples of their traditional diet.
Seismic testing uses air guns to blast the water every 15 seconds 24 hours a day and can severely impact the hearing and migration patterns of marine mammals and even cause death.
The National Energy Board has recently called Enbridge on the carpet for attempting to put gag orders on municipalities to keep them from divulging information about Enbridge’s emergency procedures.
The Portland Press Herald reports that a pipeline that runs from Portland Maine to Montreal may be targeted for reversal, allowing it to connect to Line 9 which runs from Sarnia to Montreal and thereby export diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands by supertanker to overseas ports. This possible routing was proposed several years ago but Enbridge stopped talking about the possibility of using Line 9 as an export pipeline in the face of opposition- preferring to market Line 9 as a supply pipeline for Montreal refineries. Now, the owners of the Portland-Montreal pipeline are suing the city of South Portland to quash a local ordinance forbidding the use of their port to export oil. The ordinance was passed last year.
The Canadian Press is reporting that an independent study of the Energy East pipeline indicates that leaks as large as 2.6 million litres per day could go undetected. The study was commissioned by the MRC d’Autray- a municipal government in Quebec that will be crossed by TransCanada’s proposed pipeline. The SCADA leak detection system used by TransCanada cannot detect leaks less than 1.5% of daily volume. Energy East would be the largest pipeline in North America with a daily volume of 170 million litres- nearly all of which would be destined for export.
One year ago today, a TransCanada natural gas pipeline violently exploded near Otterburne Manitoba. TransCanada has had four other catastrophic pipeline failures in the last fifteen months, causing the evacuation of hundreds of people and cutting off natural gas supplies to business and communities in the depths of winter.
In an article in today’s Le Devoir newspaper, a bird biologist makes a scathing assessment of TransCanada’s impact assessment on seabirds in the St Lawrence River area near their proposed Energy East pipeline’s export terminal at Cacouna. Read the article in French at this link or read the Google translation of the article to English below.