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: http://environmentaldefence.ca/tell-o…

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 http://action.environmentaldefence.ca/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15561.

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: http://ow.ly/LQMol

Want more info? Read this report, Energy East: An Export Pipeline, Not for Domestic Gain: http://ow.ly/LQMS5

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You’re Invited: Toronto Alerts & Events Nov.9-Dec.15, 2013 + News + Ontario’s Music Funds

Here are some celebratory events as well as green events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

Green Neighbours 21 provides us info on the following green event in Toronto.

“Gasland II”: Free Screenings and Discussion

FREE Admission

November 9, 2013: 12pm-4pm at Committee Room 2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.

and

November 12, 2013: 6pm at Runnymede Public Library, 2178 Bloor St. W.

Your Input: Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan by Sept.9 & Energy Conservation by Sept.16, 2013

This video presents “What kinds of energy are used in Ontario?”

  • The ECO (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario), Gord Miller, describes a chart from his report, Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, Rethinking Energy Conservation in Ontario, that outlines different energy sources used by different sectors in Ontario, Canada.
  • Electricity makes up less than a quarter of our energy demand.

ECO Gord Miller’s recent blog “We could have carbon free electricity in Ontario in 2014! ” empahsized the importance of the changing global climate and Ontario’s role in global reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • He also gave a realistic outlook on the interplay of the different sources of electricity generation in regard to the ‘Predicted Electricity Generation Capacity August 2014’.
  • Furthermore, Miller provided a reality check by answering the question, “Could we manage it without carbon emissions?”

Let Ontario’s Ministry of Energy know what you think their electricity planning priorities should be by participating in their short survey.

  • Ministry of Energy staff will review these survey results, which will help to inform the drafting of the final LTEP.

However, this survey is not considered a formal submission. If you want to submit your thoughts formally to the LTEP review team, please do so through the Environmental Registry.

  • In 2010, Ontario released its first Long-Term Energy Plan that set out a clear, comprehensive direction for the province’s energy future.
    • It considered all aspects of Ontario’s electricity system, including conservation, generation, transmission, distribution and emerging technologies such as energy storage, as well as Aboriginal community participation in the energy sector.
    • The plan set out the investments required to modernize and upgrade our electricity system, and included price projections for residential and industrial customers.
    • A three-year review of the Long-Term Energy Plan was contemplated when it was announced in 2010.
  • All comments received prior to September 09, 2013 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of Energy if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 011-9490.
    • All comments on this proposal in writing must be directed to:
      Julie Green
      Senior Policy Advisor
      Ministry of Energy
      Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Policy
      Strategic Policy Branch
      880 Bay Street
      2nd floor
      Toronto Ontario
      M7A 2C1
      Phone: (416) 326-8995
    • Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record.

This video presents “Ontario – Ministry of Energy.”

  • The Ministry of Energy works with many partners inside and outside of government to develop the electricity generation, transmission and other energy-related facilities that help power our economy—and to ensure that Ontario remains one of the best places in the world in which to live, work, invest and raise a family.
  • A top priority is ensuring that Ontario’s electricity needs are met in a sustainable manner.
  • Developing renewable energy sources and fostering a conservation-oriented culture are cornerstones of Ontario’s balanced plan to provide clean, and reliable energy—while encouraging the development of a clean energy economy for our future.

Provincial Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced that Ontario will make conservation a top priority in energy planning.

Environmental Defence‘s Gillian McEachern delineated the following benefits of energy conservation as she praised Ontario Energy Minister’s new vision as a “bright idea.”

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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:

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Public Meetings on Ontario’s Proposal to Protect Urban River Valleys & Glenorchy Lands Dec.11, 13 & 18, 2012

This video presents “Celebrating 5 Years of Ontario’s Greenbelt”:

  • On February 28th, 2010 Ontario’s Greenbelt turned 5: 2005-2010!

Ontario's Green Belt Map
Ontario’s Green Belt Map

Ontario’s Greenbelt in Canada:

  • extends 325 kilometers from Rice Lake in Northumberland County to the Niagara River
  • is the world’s largest, permanently protected green space preserving prime farmland, communities, forests, wetlands, watersheds and even places to play
    • The Greenbelt includes the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Niagara Escarpment and land known as “Protected Countryside”

    • It’s a world-leading law that protects 1.8 million acres (720,000 hectares) of prime farmland and green spaces around the Greater Golden Horseshoe

    • It gives us clean water, healthy local food and $2.6 billion per year in ecological services

    • Over 90% of Ontarians agree that the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions to the future of our province, and 93% strongly support it

  • protects environmentally sensitive land and farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area from urban development
    • The Greenbelt Plan and Greenbelt boundary were established under the Greenbelt Act, 2005

    • Greenbelt Plan identifies where major urban growth cannot take place

    • The Growth Plan focuses growth where it makes sense to revitalize our urban areas, away from environmentally sensitive and prime agricultural areas

  • supports a wide range of recreational, tourism and cultural opportunities

Presently, Ontario wants to expand the Greenbelt to protect more green space across the province.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing an amendment to the Greenbelt Plan under the Greenbelt Act, 2005 that would:

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Please Urge Your Elected Canadian Officials to Support Ontario’s Renewable Energy


Here is an important letter from Environmental Defence asking Canadians in Ontario to urge their elected officials to support Ontario’s renewable energy:

Dear Ontarians,

Now is a critical time for the majority of Ontarians who support renewable energy to be heard.

Please send a message now urging your elected officials to support renewable energy in Ontario. The next few weeks are critical.

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Environmental Defence: “Business As Usual For The Tar Sands Industry Has Come To An End”

The following video explains that TransCanada, a Canadian pipeline company, has proposed a massive pipeline which would carry up to 900,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil from operations in Alberta, Canada, more than 2,000 miles to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The pipeline, called Keystone XL, would cut through six American heartland states from Montana to Texas. If built, our public water supplies, crop lands, wildlife habitats and recreational opportunities will all be at risk of dangerous tar sands oil leaks:

This is an update to my previous blog Calling Canadians to Urge Obama to Protect the World from Deadly Tar Sands Oil.

Here is a letter to Canadians from Environmental Defence regarding the TransCanada Corp’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline:

Dear Canadians,

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