Quebec news outlet Le Devoir has acquired a leaked study regarding the risk of landslides near rivers selected for the path of TransCanada`s proposed Energy East pipeline project. The study details the level of risk and the number of rivers used as drinking water sources. Energy East would be the largest pipeline in North America if it is built. TransCanada has had five major pipeline ruptures in the last 15 months- by far the poorest safety record in the industry. Read the original article in French here, a partial translation follows:
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Our Thunder Bay chapter has helped to create the latest great new short animation along with our local allies Ontario Nature, Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP) and Environment North
Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOqHf6FmPSI
Please also watch and share the 4 minute “handimation” we made with Equiterre of Quebec which now has more than 43,000 views in French and English.
Have a look at this excellent offering from our friends at “Save Canada” in North Bay
And this one from Environmental Defence
The Mississauga News reports on a talk given to the community by Toronto Chapter member Tara Seucharan.
“While Enbridge waits for the green light to resume use of an oil pipeline that passes through Mississauga, some of those living along the 833-kilometre route are concerned about possible risks.
The project, known as Line 9B, is the second phase of a plan to reverse the flow of the near 40-year-old pipeline, travelling from Sarnia to Montreal, as well as move heavier crude and increase its daily capacity by 60,000 barrels to 300,000.”
The article continues:
“Though Enbridge says Line 9 will continue to mostly carry light crude, Tara Seucharan, a member of the Toronto arm of the Council of Canadians, says the addition of tar sands oil could pose a threat if a spill was to occur – especially to waterways.
Last week, the Niagara Regional Labour Council named Niagara Chapter activist Fiona McMurran their Social Activist of the Year. Never one to rest on her laurels, Fiona and the chapter are busy launching a new campaign to SAVE WELLAND HOSPITAL along with the Niagara Health Coalition. The Welland General Hospital is one of five local hospitals slated for closure and sale by Niagara Health Services. In Fiona’s words- “We do not intend to take it lying down!”
One year ago today, TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline near Boyle, Alberta had a catastrophic rupture- one of five for the company in the past fourteen months- giving them the worst pipeline safety record in North America. One of the five ruptures (pictured above) happened in Otterburne, Manitoba on the pipeline system that TransCanada wants to convert for their proposed Energy East oil pipeline.
TransCanada has had five ruptures over the past year- far more than any other pipeline company according to National Energy Board statistics.
The five ruptures occurred on both recently built pipelines and pipelines that are up to 40 years old which raises serious questions about TransCanada’s ability to safely build and maintain pipelines.
“A former BC Hydro CEO withdrew from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hearings, writing a scathing letter accusing the National Energy Board of "bias" in favour of pipeline approval.
"This so-called public hearing process has become a farce, and this Board a truly industry captured regulator," Marc Eliesen writes.
On October 6, the National Energy Board ordered Enbridge not to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice. In a letter to Enbridge, the NEB noted “only 6 of the 104 Major Water Crossings identified by Enbridge to date appear to have valves installed within 1 km on both sides of the water crossing” as required by regulations.
The Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians is calling on all mayoral candidates in Hamilton to support the three principles of the Blue Communities project:
1. A declaration that water is a human right.
2. Banning bottled water at municipal events and facilities.
3. Declaring that Council is committed to publicly owned and operated water and wastewater facilities and services.
Hamilton has a terrible history with water privatization. Voters going to the polls on October 27 should be able to vote for a mayor who recognizes water as a human right, who promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services, and who would ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.
One year ago today, TransCanada’s Nova Buffalo West natural gas pipeline violently exploded near Wabasca AB. The company has had four more catastrophic pipeline failures since then causing the evacuation of hundreds of people and cutting off natural gas supplies to business and communities in the depths of winter.
TransCanada has had more ruptures than any other pipeline company according to National Energy Board statistics.