Stop Energy East Pipeline Petition
The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians joins other grassroots groups in this petition expressing deep concern over TransCanada Corporation’s Energy East proposal to export tar sands oil in a converted natural gas pipeline through Northern and Eastern Ontario . First, Energy East is not compatible with the urgent need for efforts to hold back accelerating climate change. Investment in massive new fossil-fuel infrastructure will lock us into growing carbon emissions at a time when we must quickly reduce them.
Second, it is not safe. As a natural gas pipeline this TransCanada Mainline has had 13 large explosions since 1992 and at least 64 spillage incidents since 2000. Stress corrosion cracking in an old pipeline will, without doubt, result in more ruptures. The bitumen itself is virtually impossible to clean up, and the diluents which liquefy it are explosive. Just one pipeline rupture could cause significant and permanent damage to the local economy, the health of our citizens, and to the sensitive ecosystems within the Lake Superior watershed.
We are asking communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline to please join us in letting northern leaders know that a tar sands pipeline is not compatible with the urgent need for efforts to hold back accelerating climate change, nor is it safe for communities or the environment. Please sign our petition and feel welcome to post and distribute it