Fredericton: Energy East: Our Risk - Their Reward

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 19:00

Maude Barlow    Ben Gotschall    Matthew Abbott

TransCanada’s Energy East project would be the longest tar sands pipeline in North America. It would ship 1.1 million barrels of oil every day from Alberta to ports in Cacouna, Quebec and Saint John, New Brunswick. Join us to find out why this tar sands pipeline is all risk and little reward for Atlantic Canada.

FREE Public Forum

Wilmot United Church, 473 King Street, Fredericton, NB (map)
Event starts at 7:00 p.m.

Speaker biographies:

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, on protecting our water

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is a board member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

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.

Ben Gotschall, Energy Director for Bold Nebraska, on ranchers’ opposition to Keystone XL

Ben Gotschall was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of southwest Holt County, Nebraska. Although most of his occupations have been agricultural, he has also published a full-length book of poetry and taught college English. He continues maintain a connection to the Sandhills by marketing his family's grass-fed beef while also running his own operation, Davey Road Ranch, in Raymond.  Ben operates a dairy cattle business called Holt Creek Jerseys, he is the dairy manager at Branched Oak Farm in Raymond, and he is the Energy Director for Bold Nebraska.

Matthew Abbott, Fundy Baykeeper for the Conservation Council of New Brunswick

Based in St Andrews, Matt works on a range of issues threatening the vibrant but stressed Fundy ecosystem. Matt also carries out on the water monitoring and watch dog work 6 months of the year.

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Background Information:

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.

Find out more about Energy East »

Photo: Maude Barlow (photo by Wolfgang Schmidt)