Winnipeg: Energy East Town Hall

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 19:00

Maude Barlow

TransCanada’s Energy East project would convert an existing natural gas pipeline – parts of which are up to 40-years old – to ship 1.1 million barrels of oil every day through the Prairies to export port in New Brunswick. Join us for a follow up discussion about why TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward.

FREE Town Hall

Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB (map)
Event starts at 7:00 p.m.


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  • Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and author of Blue Future, on the risks of Energy East.
  • Chickadee Richard, Advocate from Treaty 1 Territory, welcome and introduction.
  • Daryl Redsky, Shoal Lake 40 member, on drinking water, Shoal Lake and Energy East.
  • Michael Matczuk, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition member, on local organizing against Energy East in Winnipeg.
  • Moderated by Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Campaigner, the Council of Canadians

Co-hosted with the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition. Co-sponsored by the Wildernes Committee Manitoba Field Office, the University of Winnipeg Students Association (UWSA), Fun Class (UWSA), and Boreal Action Centre.

Background Information:

People in Manitoba are being asked to face serious risks with the Energy East pipeline. These risks are being rejected by people who are mounting opposition to tar sands pipelines in Western Canada and the U.S.

Proposed rewards from the Energy East pipeline are overblown.

  • Up to 1 million barrels of crude per day is expected to be exported, unrefined.
  • TransCanada has a bad track record on job promises. Most of the jobs will be short-term.
  • Energy East won’t deter companies from pursuing dangerous oil by rail.

The risks are serious.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TransCanada wants to convert an existing natural gas pipe in the Prairies that includes segments wrapped in the same polyethylene tape that disbonded and caused the disastrous diluted bitumen spill in the Kalamazoo River.
  • Energy East would ship 1.1 million barrels per day through the Shoal Lake watershed. This is the source of Winnipeg’s drinking water and the traditional territory of Iskatewizaagegan 39 and Shoal Lake 40 First Nations whose rights must be respected. An oil spill puts Shoal Lake and drinking water at serious risk. The pipeline runs alongside the 100year old aqueduct supplying drinking water to Winnipeg, even running two metres below it at one point.
  • The pipeline would result in more than 650,000 barrels per day of additional tar sands production, which means even more exposure to toxic pollution for downstream communities.
  • The increased production would also generate up to 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year – more than the entire province of Manitoba.
  • Investing in pipelines locks us into further fossil fuel expansion and detracts from needed investments in a green energy future.

Find out more about Energy East »

Photo: Maude Barlow (photo by Wolfgang Schmidt)