|In days, the National Energy Board will start its public consultation process on the eastern oil sands pipeline. They want to freeze out discussion of climate change, and limit the number of people they hear from. But we won’t let them!|
A group of energy sector insiders seems likely to rubber stamp the eastern oil sands pipeline, which will cross rivers and cut through communities, taking oily bitumen from Alberta to Québec and New Brunswick. The National Energy Board –- which is reviewing the pipeline application — say that they’re not focusing on the environment, and climate change isn’t their concern.
The NEB is about to start a public consultation – but they only want to hear from a hand picked few, on topics that they choose. But right now citizens’ groups are coming together to make the biggest push yet for a fair and inclusive process that will look at all the issues. If we all add our voices, they will have to listen, or risk a complete loss of public trust.
The pipeline would choke the climate, transporting over 1 million barrels of tar sands crude each day, risking spills that contaminate drinking water and threaten communities along its route. This crucial decision can’t be made through a flawed and narrow process. Click now and tell these decision makers to put their rubber stamp back in their pockets. When 100,000 sign on, we’ll bring our voices right to their door steps!
The National Energy Board is supposed to be independent.They are required to hear from people who are impacted, and this should include people impacted by the devastating effects of climate change. We need to give them an avalanche of demands insisting that the NEB hear the real voices of Canadians and their real concerns.
The NEB says it’s looking mostly at safe construction of the pipeline, and that climate isn’t its concern. Meanwhile, new studies show that the pipeline is vulnerable to corrosion, cracking, and spills of up to 2.6 million litres of oil. The Ontario-commissioned studies also say that the pipeline doesn’t provide the economic benefits that have been claimed, and there could be impacts on drinking water and other sensitive areas.
Stephen Harper has tethered Canada’s economy to the oil industry – trampling concerns about the environment, communities and indigenous rights. Building this pipeline means digging ourselves further into a downward spiral of oil dependency and a changing climate. The National Energy Board could decide that the project is simply too risky for Canadians to bear. As they prepare for public consultation, let’s make sure that they hear from as many people as possible, and look at all the impacts of this oily pipeline. Click now to take action:
Late last year, a giant PR firm hired by TransCanada suggested targeting Avaaz and other organisations fighting pipelines, but we won’t be intimidated by this dirty war. By raising our voices together, we can show the NEB that thousands of Canadians demand fair and open hearings on this massive project.
Jo, Ari, Danny, Emma, Ricken, and the whole Avaaz team
National Energy Board’s pipeline focus isn’t climate change, CEO says (CBC)
Poll shows few Quebecers support Energy East pipeline (Montreal Gazette)
City raises pipeline concerns (Winnipeg Free Press)
More details needed on impact of Energy East pipeline, report says (Toronto Star)
Energy East pipeline benefits overblown, report says (CBC)
TransCanada pressuring opponents of Energy East pipeline, documents show (Toronto Star)
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