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
Scotiabank Auditorium, McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS (map)
Event starts at 7:00 p.m.
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
Catherine Abreu, Energy Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
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.