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Town halls to highlight risks of Energy East for New Brunswick

Energy East

The Energy East pipeline is our risk, their reward. That’s the message of a series of free town halls, hosted by the Council of Canadians, taking place from May 24 to 27 in Chipman, Belleisle Bay, Hampton and Saint John.

The events will present new information on TransCanada’s pipeline safety record, New Brunswick waterways at risk from a diluted bitumen spills, and landowner experiences in effectively challenging the company’s Keystone XL pipeline project.


  • Ben Gotschall, Agriculture and Food Director at Bold Nebraska: on the successful efforts of Nebraskan landowners to defend their rights, land and water from TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Alma Brooks of the Peace and Friendship Alliance: on the growing Peace and Friendship Alliance, bringing together Indigenous peoples with New Brunswick residents in the defence of our land and water and how Energy East is more risk than reward for New Brunswick.
  • Mark D’Arcy of the Council of Canadians: on the Energy East project, TransCanada’s Canadian pipeline safety track record, diluted bitumen spills, New Brunswick waterways and how people can help challenge Energy East.


TransCanada wants to transport 1.1 million barrels of oil per day through the Energy East pipeline, including tar sands, or oil sands, crude from Alberta to a new export port in Saint John. Energy East could mean an additional 290 mega-tankers travelling the Bay’s high tides and often turbulent waters every year. The 4600-kilometre export pipeline would cross New Brunswick waterways more than 280 times and threaten the drinking water of over 130,000 New Brunswick residents with a massive oil pipeline spill.