Category Archives: Energy East

Climate Leaders Take on Energy East. Letter to the Editor on the Decision by City Council submitted by Tom Cook

Letter to the Editor Tom Cook Chronicle-Journal May 29, 2017

DEFERRED: Chapter to ask City Council to turn down Energy East Pipeline proposal

UPDATE: Discussion of the Energy East pipeline by local City Council has been deferred, potentially until February.

If you think that Mr. Trudeau’s announcements about Kinder Morgan and Line 3 are the last words on pipelines, think again!

We, here in Thunder Bay, are going back to City Council to ask them to vote against the Energy East Pipeline proposal – and we have a date – Monday December 12th.

 Our local coalition, made up of reps from Council of Canadians, Environment North, CUSP, Ontario Nature, and the LU Environmental Law Students ds Associations, will be giving another deputation and asking council to pass the resolution which was deferred from August last year.

 Click here to view background information about the Energy East issue.   Our deputation will be explaining all of the new information we have unearthed which supports our two main arguments – concern about spills/leaks and their effect on land, water and ecosystems, and climate change which will be much exaggerated by the emissions which will be put into our atmosphere by the expansion of Tar Sands which Energy East would demand.


You can help by:

  • calling or emailing your city councillor and the at-large councillors,
  • being in the audience at City Hall on Dec. 12th (6:30 pm)
  • writing a letter to the editor
  • talking to people about this issue – your mother-in-law, your cousin, your next-door-neighbour, your co-worker, or whoever else you can buttonhole.

Local chapter disappointed with federal government pipeline approval


November 29, 2016

For Immediate Release


The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians wishes to respond with grave disappointment to Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement today (November 29/16) of the approval of 2 pipeline projects in Canada.

When this government was elected, we, along with many other Canadians, regarded them with cautious optimism, waiting to see which of their many election promises they would keep.  Today, they have disappointed and angered us with the cabinet approval of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline proposal to carry bitumen from Alberta through Vancouver to the Pacific Ocean, and the approval of Line 3 which is a smaller pipeline to carry Alberta oil to Wisconsin in the USA.

During the election, Mr. Trudeau promised, among other things:

  1. A revamped National Energy Board and a renewed process for reviewing energy proposals.
  2. Climate leadership, to make Canada a climate-positive force in the world;
  3. A new, respectful alliance with indigenous people in Canada, respecting their rights to consultation.
  4. Development which would bring many more new jobs to Canada while guaranteeing Canadians’ health and safety and the environment.

With today’s announcement, Mr. Trudeau has broken every one of those promises.

To quote the youth who marched on Ottawa in October “Climate Leaders Do Not Build Pipelines”.  Since his election, Mr. Trudeau and his Environment and Climate Change Minister have repeatedly used “get our products to market’ almost as a mantra.  Many of us were unable to figure out how this fit with the climate leadership we had been promised both pre-election and in the signing of the Paris agreement.  These pipelines are only needed to allow production in the Tar Sands to expand.  They have sufficient pipeline capacity to carry present production to market now.  This expansion will unleash a whole tidal wave of carbon emissions on the world, in the production of, the shipping of, the refining of, and the burning of this extra amount of very carbon-heavy fossil fuel.

Many indigenous communities from all across the country and particularly in BC have expressed their opposition to pipeline development. This opposition continues to grow: there were more signatories today to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

This does not look like a respectful new relationship with indigenous people.

There is a great deal of research which indicates that the investment of money in a green economy, from developing alternative energy sources to better insulating homes to protecting eco-systems, and so on.  Estimates are as high as 15 jobs in a green economy to 1 job in the fossil fuel industry for a comparable investment.  Green economy jobs nor only provide worthwhile employment, they protect the environment and the health and safety of the population.


We are extremely disappointed in these pipeline announcements today, and will continue to struggle against pipeline development and Tar Sands expansion in the days to come.

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Contacts: Ruth Cook


Action Alert: Local chapter calls on Trudeau to stop pipeline reviews

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter is calling on the Trudeau government to halt existing pipeline reviews, reported in the Chronicle Journal.

To keep pressure on the Trudeau government to stop the flawed pipeline reviews, please add your name to our Keep your promises, Liberals: Stop pipeline reviews action alert.

Join in the People’s Injunction

During the federal election campaign, the Liberal party promised to revise the review process for energy  projects such as Energy East, to make sure that there was always an adequate environmental review as   part of the process, among other things.  They have just announced that they are allowing the review of two projects to proceed under the old system:  Trans-Mountain and Energy East.

The Thunder Bay Council of Canadians is participating in a protest against this, called the People’s Injunction.  This protest has been organized across the country by

Meet us at:  1:00 PM  Friday January 15th  705 Red River Road  (MP Patty Hajdu’s office)  to let the Liberal government know that leaving the National Energy  Board’s review process unchallenged and unchanged is not acceptable. We hope to see you there!

Thunder Bay CoC chapter calls out NOMA on forestry, pipelines

Members of the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians have started public conversations about the influence of big corporations on political process, particularly in Northwestern Ontario.

In a recent story published by reporter Jon Thompson on, activists Ruth Cook and Julee Boan argue that the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association’s decision-making process is more accountable to industry interests than it is to the region’s municipal councils. Read the full story here.

Energy East and Thunder Bay: A local sequence of our chapter’s involvement in the pipeline debate

The past few months have seen a lot of active debate over TransCanada’s proposed $12 billion Energy East pipeline. The company is seeking to convert a decades-old pipeline to ship diluted bitumen from Alberta to Eastern Canada for export. At its closest range, Energy East is planned to run 60 km north of Thunder Bay, and just 8 km from Dog Lake and 11 km north if Nipigon. In March of this year, the Council of Canadians Thunder Bay Chapter joined in a deputation to Thunder Bay City Council asking them to formally oppose the project. Here’s what has followed:

July 27: A letter to the editor in The Chronicle-Journal from CoC Thunder Bay underscores safety concerns regarding pipeline leak detection, even among state-of-the-art technologies that have failed in the recent past. Read the full letter here:

July 29: A TransCanada spokesperson counters the letter’s arguments, insisting that pipeline safety is a top priority for the company, which includes constant monitoring and regular inspections.

August 28: A spokesman for the $12 billon project argues that any formal opposition to the project by the City of Thunder Bay is “premature.” As reported in the Chronicle-Journal:

August 31: Nearly 100 people join a coalition representing Environment North, Ontario Nature, Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet, Council of Canadians – Thunder Bay and Fossil Free Lakehead in a rally outside of City Hall to show citizen opposition to the proposed pipeline, and to encourage City Council to formally oppose the project. Council was scheduled to vote on a resolution to formally oppose the project, in a motion put forward by Councillor Paul Pugh and seconded by Coun. Aldo Ruberto.

August 31: Councillors debate the proposed Energy East pipeline that evening, but no final decision is made on the city’s stance on the project. After a motion put forward by Councillor Iain Angus, City Council defers its decision. The delay comes almost six months after a coalition of five citizens’ groups made a deputation to Council urging them to oppose the project (March 2015). From the CBC:

September 3: The Chronicle-Journal publishes an Op-Ed, arguing that Thunder Bay City Council faces a dilemma when weighing the pros and cons of Energy East: jobs vs. the environment. The letter concludes: “But the root of any such discussion must always be the issue of climate change, which is the most pressing issue of our time…If Thunder Bay needs a reason to oppose another pipeline, that is it.”

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for continued updates.

Energy East pipeline could leak up to 2.6 million litres/day undetected: report

On September 2, the Council of Canadians launched a new report on the Energy East Pipeline that predicts a 15% chance per year of a rupture based on TransCanada’s recent rupture record.

View the report here: