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Environmental Defence Canada: Please Urge Premier Wynne to Tell the National Energy Board That Ontario Rejects the Energy East Pipeline

The following video presents Great Canadian Migrations: The Tar Sands Pipeline:

“Join the intrepid naturalist as he follows the greatest of all Canadian migrations: the journey of the tar sands. Say no to the Energy East pipeline proposal here:…

Created by Environmental Defence
Written by Keith Brooks
Producer/Director/Editor – Jon Hyatt
Starring – Michael Newsome
Cinematographer – Bruce Wiliam Harper
Location Sound – Eric Taylor (Toronto Sound)
Post Sound – Steven Toepell
Assistant Camera – Danielle Thorn
additional footage courtesy of Greenpeace Canada”

"Live in Ontario? The Ontario Energy Board wants your opinion on the #EnergyEast pipeline plan. Tell Ontario to reject this risky pipeline that would put Ontario communities at risk of oil spills & damage our shared climate." Map by Environmental Defence
“Live in Ontario? The Ontario Energy Board wants your opinion on the #EnergyEast pipeline plan. Tell Ontario to reject this risky pipeline that would put Ontario communities at risk of oil spills & damage our shared climate.” Map by Environmental Defence

Environmental Defence Canada urges us to tell Premier Wynne that Ontario should reject Energy East for the following reasons:

“TransCanada wants to build the largest export pipeline in North America. Bigger than Keystone XL, Energy East would carry 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta through Ontario to eastern Canada – every day.

Energy East would put communities in Ontario at risk of tar sands oil spills, but would bring few benefits. Up to 90 per cent of Energy East’s oil is expected to be exported unrefined.

Energy East would increase Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution by an amount equal to putting 7 million new cars on the road. In a world already feeling the devastating impacts of climate change, we shouldn’t be building new fossil-fuel infrastructure that locks us into soaring global warming emissions for decades to come.

Here in Ontario, a public consultation requested by the Province concluded that Ontarians have serious concerns about this project, especially in regards to risks to water, TransCanada’s flawed and incomplete application for the project, and the climate impacts.

Join the growing opposition to this risky pipeline by signing the letter…. Urge Premier Wynne to tell the National Energy Board that Ontario rejects the Energy East pipeline.”

Please urge Premier Wynne to tell the National Energy Board that Ontario rejects the Energy East pipeline, by signing the Environmental Defence Canada’s letter at

The following video presents Energy East – an export pipeline:

“TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline plan is all about exporting oil. It is not a made-in-Canada energy solution. Up to 90 per cent of Energy East’s oil would be exported unrefined. As an export pipeline, it won’t create many permanent jobs or have lasting economic benefits to local communities. Take action here:

Want more info? Read this report, Energy East: An Export Pipeline, Not for Domestic Gain:

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East Pipeline to Carry Crude Oil from Western Canada to Markets in Eastern Canada and Abroad

This video presents “TransCanada announces plan for oil pipeline across Canada.”

  • Canadian oil firm, TransCanada, has announced plans to construct an oil pipeline that will run from western Canada to the Atlantic coast, Reuters reports.”
    • At the same time, TransCanada’s Keystone XL project, which would make Canadian oil available to the U.S., has been stalled in response to resistance from environmental groups, according to Reuters.
    • The proposed pipeline would carry 800,000 barrels a day from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.
      • TransCanada is waiting on a decision from the White House to proceed, Reuters said.
  • The proposed Canadian East Energy pipeline will run from Hardisty, Alberta to a new deep-water seaport in St. John, New Brunswick.
    • At capacity, it will be able to transport up to 1.1 million barrels per day, according to the BBC.
  • The pipeline would meet eastern Canada’s oil needs which are currently being met with foreign resources.
    • Eighty-two percent of the oil refined in Canada’s Atlantic Region is imported from other countries, while the figure for Québec province is 92 percent.
    • Surplus oil from the west would be available for export.
  • The pipeline project will link new construction with 1,900 miles of an existing natural gas line.
    • It could deliver crude to refineries in Montréal, Québec and St. John, Reuters reported.
    • It is slated to be in service by late-2017, with deliveries to New Brunswick expected by 2018.

TransCanada announced its Energy East oil pipeline proposal on August 1, 2013. The proposal is an interprovincial undertaking that requires approval from the National Energy Board to proceed.

  • The Ontario government has asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to undertake consultations and prepare a report on the proposed Energy East Pipeline.
  • The consultation process will provide an opportunity for all Ontarians, including First Nation and Métis communities, and stakeholders to share their views on the pipeline proposal.
  • The province supports an expanded and diverse supply of energy across Canada and acknowledges the potential economic benefits from the proposed project.

The proposed Energy East Pipeline is a project that falls under the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board, and the OEB’s report will inform Ontario’s participation in the federal approval process.

  • The provincial submission will be comprehensive and will consider every viewpoint, in particular the reliability of the existing natural gas supply used by Ontario families and businesses.

To ensure the project is in the best interest of Ontarians, the report will consider:

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Please Stop Line 9 – Oil Spills in Toronto: Community Forums – Apr.7-8 & Telephone Town Hall Meeting – Apr.9, 2013

This video presents “Line 9: The Tar Sands Come to Ontario”:

  • Line 9 was built in 1975 to transport imported oil from Montreal to refineries in Sarnia
  • Enbridge has applied to Canada’s National Energy Board to reverse its direction of flow so that it can transport oil from Sarnia to Montreal
  • Enbridge admits that among the possible uses of Line 9 is transporting “heavy oil” a category that includes bitumen, the hazardous raw material extracted from tar sands
  • The pipeline passes through cities, watersheds, rivers, and farmland. 9.1 million people live within 50 km of line 9, including 18 First Nations communities and 115 communities in total. (Sarnia, Hamilton, North York, Kingston, etc.)
  • Enbridge has a very poor record of environmental impact:
    • Between 1999 and 2008, Enbridge lists 610 spills that released approximately 21 million litres of hydrocarbons into the surrounding area

    • But Enbridge is most well-known for their 3.8 million litre spill in Kalamazoo Michigan in 2010, amounting to the largest inland oil spill in US history

  • With so much at risk, we need to work together to stop Enbridge Line 9
  • The big picture is spills, contamination, and expanding the tar sands

  • The even bigger picture is climate change:

    • If it is not halted, climate change will and is resulting in increased frequency and severity of storms, floods, drought, and water shortage, as well as the spread of disease, increased hunger, displacement and mass migrations of people and ensuing social conflict and war

Environmental Defence's image: Stop line 9 Oil Spill in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Environmental Defence’s image: Stop line 9 Oil Spill in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Both the Toronto East End Against Line 9 and the Environmental Defence  inform us that: