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On First Day of Energy East NEB Panel Sessions, Groups, Indigenous People, Fishers and Locals Say Bitumen Risk to Water is Too Great

Saint John, NB – Monday, August 8 marks the beginning of the National Energy Board’s panel sessions reviewing the Energy East pipeline. These sessions are taking place at the time as communities across Saskatchewan are still reeling from the recent Husky Energy oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River.

Fishers, Indigenous People, local residents and environmental groups will gather on Monday morning near the entrance to the NEB hearings to declare their opposition to the Energy East pipeline and tanker project. Some of them will be presenting to the NEB.

WHAT: A press conference with representatives from First Nations, fishing, environmental, and social justice groups to highlight the risks that the Energy East pipeline poses to the Bay of Fundy (see below for group names). There will be local, regional and national groups present.

WHEN: Monday, August 8 at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Near the entrance to the Hilton Saint John, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB

WHY: The Husky Energy oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River highlights the real threats that the Energy East pipeline would pose to the Bay of Fundy and the industry’s consistent inability to prevent or contain spills. The Bay of Fundy is an important source of biodiversity and is one of the most productive regions on the Atlantic Coast, providing thousands of sustainable jobs for people in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The groups taking part in the press conference include the Wolastoq Grand Council, the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association, the Citizen’s Coalition for Clean Air, the Council of Canadians, the Ecology Action Centre, the Red Head – Anthony’s Cove Preservation Society and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation

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For more information, please contact:

Daniel Cayley-Daoust, Energy and Climate Campaigner for the Council of Canadians