TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project would ship 1.1 million barrels of oil every day, including tar sands crude, from Alberta to ports in Cacouna, Quebec and Saint John, New Brunswick. It would be the largest oil pipeline in North America.
From October 26 to November 6, the Council of Canadians and local partners will visit communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to talk about why TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward for Atlantic Canada.
Join Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow, journalist and Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill speaker Cherri Foytlin, Energy Director of Bold Nebraska Ben Gotschall, and others to hear about the project, how to protect our waterways, possible alternatives, and the risks of a pipeline and tanker spill.
Local partners include the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Ecology Action Centre, Fundy Bay Keeper, Stop Energy East Halifax, 350.org and Leadnow.
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, on protecting our water
Maude is the recipient of eleven honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).
In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 17 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever.
Cherri Foytlin, journalist and speaker, on the health and ecosystem of Gulf Coast communities after the BP oil spill
Ben Gotschall, Energy Director for Bold Nebraska, on ranchers’ opposition to Keystone XL
Catherine Abreu, Energy Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
Maria Recchia, Executive Director, Fundy North Fishermen's Association
Matthew Abbott, Fundy Baykeeper for the Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Hubert Saulnier, local fisherman and President of Local 9 Maritime Fishermen's Union
Hubert is currently the President of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union and the chair of the committee that manages the groundfish for fixed gear fishermen. He is also on the LFA 34 advisory committee, the Lobster Council of Canada, and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Public Forum on Energy East – Tour dates:
- Sunday, October 26 – Halifax, NS
- Monday, October 27 – Cornwallis, NS
- Wednesday, October 29 – Saint John, NB
- Tuesday, November 4 – Fredericton, NB
- Thursday, November 6 – Edmundston, NB
- Blog: Reflections from the Atlantic Energy East tour
- Council of Canadians vows to defeat TransCanada's Energy East application to the NEB
- 'Wall of opposition' to Energy East pipeline boosted by Saint John public forum
- Blog: On the frontlines in Atlantic Canada – what is at risk with the Energy East pipeline.
- Blog: Last night public forum in Halifax kicked off a two week tour about why Energy East is all risk and little reward for Atlantic Canada.
- Annapolis: Pipeline opponents concerned about Bay of Fundy, Annapolis County Spectator, October 28, 2014
- Maude Barlow rallies opposition to the Energy East project, CBC News, October 27, 2014
- Barlow calls on Haligonians to build ‘wall of opposition’ to Energy East, Chronicle Herald, October 26, 2014
Blocked on the Keystone XL, the Oil-Sands Industry Looks East, National Geographic, October 24, 2014
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.
- Diluted bitumen produced in the tar sands is unlike conventional oil – a spill would have devastating environmental impacts that are nearly impossible to clean up, as seen with the Enbridge pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- 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.
- The vast majority of the tar sands crude that would be pumped through the Energy East pipeline is for export. We get all the risk, they get all the reward.
- The pipeline would result in more than 650,000 barrels per day of additional tar sands production, which means even more toxic exposure for downstream communities.
- The increased production would also generate up to 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year – more than any single Atlantic province.
- Investing in fossil fuel infrastructure detracts from needed investments in a green energy future.