(Canadian Energy Pipeline Association's Chris Bloomer and Sonya Savage take questions from the NEB Modernization Expert Panel in Saint John, New Brunswick on March 21, 2017)
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After 4 hours of waiting in the lobby of the Department of Environment and Local Government, it was clear that my written request to Minister Serge Rousselle to attend the March 14th meeting of the Water Strategy Working Group would not be granted. And when I spoke with Environment official Lesley Rogers that morning, she confirmed that there would be no transcripts of these meetings.
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."
(attributed to U.S. Senator Patrick Moynihan)
1. "It is our future too!". We must listen to our young people.
2. Jobs are too few for this $15.7 billion project. Jobs will be many times greater and long term with a clean economy.
Tar sands bitumen
3. A tar sands bitumen spill into our river or bay would sink and stick to the bottom, destroying its tourism and fishery. Cleanup is difficult, expensive, and impossible to fully restore the ecosystem. With the Energy East pipeline proposed to cross 370 waterways in New Brunswick, and exported by 281 supertankers/year over the Bay of Fundy, the risk of a spill is too great.
On Feb. 14, 2017, the Town Council of Sackville voted YES to oppose the Energy East pipeline, paving the way for other municipalities in New Brunswick to show leadership on the issue. The Councillors supported a presentation by students from Mount Allison University who were concerned about the false promise of jobs by TransCanada and of the imminent threat of climate change.
There are moments in time where courageous people step forward, speak up, and do the right thing in order to pave the way to make it easier for others. The 5-to-3 vote on Feb. 14, 2017 by the Sackville Town Council to officially oppose the Energy East Pipeline is one of those moments. We need to congratulate the leadership of the student group at Mount Allison University who brought forward this initiative, Sackville, No Energy East (S.N.O.E), and the Sackville Councillors who supported it based on the reality of climate change.
(TransCanada's Patrick Lacroix and Steve Morck take questions from Sackville Town Council, February 6, 2017)
The setting is dramatic. Sackville and the surrounding Tantramar Marshes area are among the most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change in New Brunswick, merging towards the Bay of Fundy to form one of the largest tidal salt marshes on the Atlantic coast of North America.
And the stakes are high. The Town Council of Sackville is only a week away (Tuesday, Feb. 14th @ 7:00pm) from voting on an important resolution based on climate change to officially oppose the proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline. And TransCanada is ready to take the podium and present their side of the Energy East project.
(From left-to-right is Don Ferguson, Len Hoyt, Premier Brian Gallant, and Ellen Creighton)
All new NEB Panel members for Energy East must be far above any appearance of bias and must be seen to be impartial. It is critical that each and every member be at arm's length of any government that is actively lobbying for this project.
In their News Release on January 9, 2017, the National Energy Board announced their selection of the three-member Energy East Hearing Panel to review this proposed tar sands pipeline project. The Panel will be Don Ferguson, Carole Malo, and Marc Paquin.
If you were to order a full-menu climate change plan with all the right words, yesterday's release of the New Brunswick Climate Change Plan is very good. It's just that we have to tell Premier Brian Gallant to hold the tar sands bitumen when they deliver the plan.