Since our successful Atlantic Energy East: Our Risk – Their Reward tour (October 2014), evidence of the risks posed by this project has been mounting.
TransCanada wants to transport 1.1 million barrels of oil, including tar sands crude, from Alberta to a new export port in Saint John, doubling oil tanker traffic with up to 281 massive tankers plying Bay of Fundy waters every year. The 4600km export pipeline would cross New Brunswick waterways more than 280 times and threatens the drinking water of over 130,000 New Brunswick residents with a massive oil pipeline spill.
Join us for free town hall events to hear from Ben Gotschall, Agriculture and Food Director at Bold Nebraska, Mark D’Arcy of the Council of Canadians and Alma Brooks of the Peace and Friendship Alliance on why Energy East is more risk than reward for New Brunswick.
Town halls events
Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m.: Washademoak Lake/Grand Lake
Chipman – Chipman Fish and Game Club, 66 Hillcrest Ave.
Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m.: Belleisle Bay
Springfield – Belleisle Community Centre, 1648 Route 124
Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m.: Kennebecasis Bay
Hampton – Lighthouse River Centre, 1075 Main St.
Friday, May 27, 7 p.m.: Bay of Fundy Region
Saint John – Portland United Church (in the Sanctuary), 50 Newport Cres.
- Mark D’Arcy on the Energy East project, TransCanada’s Canadian pipeline safety track record, diluted bitumen spills, New Brunswick waterways and how people can help challenge Energy East
- Alma Brooks on the growing Peace and Friendship Alliance bringing together Indigenous peoples with New Brunswick residents in the defence of our land and water
- Ben Gotschall on the successful efforts of Nebraskan landowners to defend their rights, land and water from TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline (now rejected)
What does Energy East mean for...?
- New Brunswick
- Saint John, Red Head and the Bay of Fundy
- Belleisle Bay
- Grand Lake and the Grand Lake Meadows
- Kennebecasis Bay and River
- Washademoak Lake and Canaan River
Atlantic Canadians are being asked to burden the risks that are being rejected by mounting opposition to tar sands pipelines in Western Canada and the U.S.
- Jobs: TransCanada has a bad track record on job promises, which will primarily be short-term.
- Up to 1 million barrels per day is expected to be exported, unrefined.
- It won’t reduce costs at gas pumps or deter companies from shipping oil by rail.
The risks are serious.
- An Atlantic Sustainable Energy Vision is both needed, and possible!
- Filling Energy East with oil would generate up to 32 million tonnes of carbon pollution each year – more than any single Atlantic province. Investing in fossil fuel infrastructure detracts from needed investments in a green energy future.
- There is a 15 per cent chance of a full bore rupture somewhere on the Energy East pipeline path every year. TransCanada’s electronic leak detection system can’t detect spills under 1.5% of pipeline capacity, meaning up to 2.6 million litres a day can leak without TransCanada knowing.
- The drinking water in Edmundston, Saint Leonard, Saint Anne de Madawaska, Grand Falls, Cambridge Narrows, Hampton, Fredericton and Saint John would be at risk from an Energy East pipeline spill
- Energy East would see tankers in the Bay of Fundy double or triple in number, putting the waters depended on for fishing, tourism and whale habitat at risk of a diluted bitumen spill.
- Diluted bitumen produced in the tar sands is unlike conventional oil. The U.S. National Academy of Science recently affirmed what we saw in the massive Enbridge pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan – diluted bitumen sinks far quicker in water and sticks to everything it touches, making clean up far more difficult and costly.