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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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.
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.
One of the best parts of being an Organizer is working with local groups that are battling to protect their communities from unwanted industrial development. We are currently engaged with more than a dozen such campaigns in our region. On consecutive Saturdays this month, I hit the road with my colleague Michael Butler for meetings with allied groups in Port Hope and Paris, Ontario.
Rosemary Keenan of our Peel chapter reports:
“Council of Canadians - Peel Chapter rallied with the Unifor Local in Brampton today, calling for a trade agreement that focuses on people and communities. Rallies took place across Canada, calling for #ABetterNAFTA.
We referenced Maude Barlow's current publication, Getting it Right: A People's Guide to Renegotiating NAFTA, calling for removal of the Investor State Dispute Settlement clause.
We called for putting people at the centre of trade agreements, promoting regulations that protect the health and safety of workers and communities, protecting public services, and removing water as a tradable good.
Guest Blog by Kathie Clarke of our Hamilton chapter:
Congratulations to Allison Venditti of Toronto who was the 25000th person to join the Nestle boycott! We are sending Allison a copy of Maude Barlow’s latest book-Boiling Point, as well as a bunch of “Boycott Nestle” buttons and stickers.
Allison first heard about the issue when a friend from Vancouver sent her this link: www.canadians.org/nestle
Hey Allison, why did you decide to sign on to the boycott?
Because I believe that water is a human right. I have small children and protecting that right for them is not just important but necessary
What do you think about bottled water?
I think it is unnecessary (in the majority of Canada) and wasteful. Buy a reusable container, fill it with tap water....Go
The Council of Canadians London chapter screened the film 'This Changes Everything' at the London Public Library last night to a capacity crowd as part of a Cinema Politica event. The great turnout happened despite the fact that the film had already been playing all week in London.
Activists turned off Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline today by shutting a valve in the town of Ste-Justine-de-Newton on the Québec-Ontario border.
To watch a video of the action: https://twitter.com/stimulator/status/673894408446713857
From the press release issued by the activists:
“It is unacceptable that Enbridge can go forward with the Line 9B flow reversal while communities along the route have not received the necessary contingency plans in the event of an emergency,” said Jean Léger, community member from the Lower Laurentians. “Considering the state of the pipeline, and the corrosive nature of bitumen, we know that a spill is inevitable and would impact the drinking water and farmland of millions of people in Ontario and Quebec.”
A new study says that mercury levels in Grassy Narrows are still rising some fifty years after a pulp mill dumped tonnes of mercury into the northern Ontario watershed.