Drinking water, beluga habitat, and fishing and swimming holes are all at risk if TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is approved.
If approved, TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline from Hardisty Alberta to export ports in Cacouna, Quebec and Saint John, New Brunswick, would be the largest oil pipeline in North America.
Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project and Chair of Food & Water Watch, recently visited Detroit, Michigan in the United States and heard firsthand accounts from residents who were having their water services cut off by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD).
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project would convert an up to 40-year-old natural gas pipeline to carry crude oil from Saskatchewan to Ontario, connecting it with new pipeline through Quebec and on to Saint John, New Brunswick. It would be the largest oil pipeline
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Print copies of this pledge to oppose the Energy East pipeline project and ask candidates to sign it. Bring copies to meetings with your candidates, to all-candidates debates, and have them ready when your candidates come door knocking.
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In early February, the Harper government introduced Bill C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act. If passed, the 244-page bill would result in sweeping changes to Canada’s election rules that would undermine our democratic rights. As a result, opponents have dubbed the bill the “Unfair” Elections Act.
TransCanada Corp. is actively promoting plans for the “Energy East” pipeline that would carry up to 1.1 million barrels of oil per day, including tar sands crude, from Alberta to eastern markets.
TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is not a made-in-Canada energy solution. As this analysis shows, almost all of Energy East’s crude oil would be exported. Canadian oil refineries would refine only a very small amount of Energy East’s oil. The vast majority of the oil would be shipped unrefined out of Canada.
Events are moving rapidly to establish the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River as a carbon corridor for a newly aggressive North American energy industry. This poses the greatest threat yet to these waters.
Water is a public resource; it belongs to everyone. But water privatization is sneaking through the back door in the form of public-private partnerships. What does it mean? What can you do? This fact sheet will help answer these questions.