RELEASE: Cyclists Ride to Resist TransCanada’s Export Pipeline

(HALIFAX), Nova Scotia (June 19, 2014) – The Energy East Resistance Riders are bicycling across the country to speak with Canadians along the route of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline. They want to spark conversations about the risks the pipeline poses to hundreds of communities in its path and whether there are sustainable alternatives to expanding fossil fuel infrastructure.

"Opposition to this pipeline is mounting," says Alex Guest, one of four cyclists that organized the Resistance Ride. "We are making this journey to add our voice and encourage others to speak up against tar sands expansion, the violation of indigenous rights, and the transport of oil via rail or pipeline."

The Resistance Riders believe Canadians want more for their communities than continued dependence on fossil fuels. Catherine Abreu of the Ecology Action Centre agrees that sustainable energy development is critical to securing Canadians’ future and creates far more local jobs and prosperity than any oil sands project could.

"Any jobs created by this pipeline would be short-term," explains Abreu. "Developing our domestic renewable energy sources and investing in energy efficiency are how we’ll create long-term employment for Maritimers and prosperity for Canada."

After a few days in Halifax the cyclists are now visiting the Annapolis Valley and the Fundy shore to hear concerns about the pipeline from farmers and fishers. Resistance Riders are keen to speak with Nova Scotians and New Brunswickers about how the pipeline might impact the Bay of Fundy.

"We’re curious what Maritimers think about their governments and industry building infrastructure of the past rather than investing in the future in order to export oil through one of Canada’s most precious bodies of water," explains Guest.

The Energy East Resistance Riders began their journey on May 28th in Sydney, NS and intend to complete their journey in late July in Ottawa, ON. They will arrive in New Brunswick during the week of June 23rd.

The Energy East pipeline proposes to ship 1.1 million barrels of oil a day across 4,400km of pipeline stretching from Alberta to Saint John, NB (with a possible extension to Cape Breton, NS). The majority of the oil would be exported.

Alex Guest
Cyclist, Energy East Resistance Ride
1 (226) 750-222

Catherine Abreu
Energy Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
m: 902 412 8953


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NEB addss more More technology based information sessions for July/August

Forwarded from the NEB: The NEB has added more technology-based information sessions for this summer. If interested, join a session by signing up here. An NEB Process Advisor will explain the role of the NEB, the hearing process, how to participate, and the participant funding program.

Sessions are available at the following times:

Tuesday, 8 July 2014
3:00 4:00 pm

Wednesday, 9 July 2014
3:00 4:00 pm

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
7: 00 8:00 pm

Wednesday, 16 July 2014
7: 00 8:00 pm

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
3:00 4:00 pm

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
3:00 4:00 pm

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
7: 00 8:00 pm

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
7: 00 8:00 pm

Please note that information sessions may be rescheduled or cancelled depending on attendance.

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Six pipelines to watch, and why they matter (CBC – June 2014)

Northern Gateway is not alone – 5 more pipelines to watch

While all eyes are on Northern Gateway this week, it is not the only big pipeline project that is promising to change the North American energy landscape. The stalled Keystone XL is just one of 5 other major projects in various stages of approval.

From Keystone XL to Trans Mountain – 5 pipeline systems that could help move oil out of Alberta

By Max Paris, CBC News Posted: Jun 17, 2014 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 17, 2014 5:33 PM ET

While all eyes are on Northern Gateway today, it is not the only big pipeline project that is promising to change the North American energy landscape. The stalled Keystone XL is just one of 5 other major projects in various stages of approval. (Associated Press)

It’s decision day for the Northern Gateway pipeline. In Ottawa, camera positions are being marked out, pencils sharpened and microphones tested. All eyes are fixed on the clock, waiting for markets to close, so today’s announcement doesn’t ruffle any financial feathers.

But Northern Gateway isn’t the only pipeline that could remake the face of North America’s energy supply and roil the continent’s political waters. Here is a list of five more ­ some well-known, others not so much:

1. Keystone XL

Why it matters
If the oilsands are going to expand by two-million barrels per day in the next eight years, the industry needs as many ways of getting it out of Alberta as possible. TransCanada’s Keystone XL will be a big part of that export plan. If it ever gets up and running, the plan is for it to carry 830,000 barrels per day from just outside Edmonton, through the middle American states and down to the Texas refineries on the Gulf of Mexico coast.

What’s the problem?
U.S. President Barack Obama’s unwillingness to make a decision on whether or not to allow the pipeline to cross the border. The Americans tell us they want to make sure it’s safe, technically and environmentally. The truth of the matter is, it’s all about politics. Obama, like politicians on both sides of the American political divide, sees the dollar signs next to TransCanada’s pipeline. But he gets a lot of money from environmentalists and they have turned Keystone XL into the bad boy of climate change.

Where it stands
The southern portion of the pipeline is built and working, although there were some problems with the welds. After two U.S. State Department environmental assessments and a redrawing of the route around an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska, everyone is still waiting on a decision from the White House.

2. Energy East

Why it matters
If Northern Gateway doesn’t get built, this is another way to get 1.1-million barrels per day of Canadian oil to tidewater the long way around, mind you. The terminus for this pipeline is Saint John, N.B. For now though, it is about breaking eastern Canada’s Middle Eastern and West African oil habits.

What’s the problem?
The plan is to change an existing natural gas pipe into an oil pipe. That means a lot of retrofitting and it also worries Ontario gas customers, who get 40 per cent of their home heating fuel in the winter through that pipe. Also, the existing pipeline ends just west of Montreal. To make it to Saint John, about 900 kilometres of new pipes need to be built.

Where it stands
TransCanada submitted a project description to the National Energy Board in March. NEB information sessions have only just begun.

3. Line 9 reversal

Why it matters
Canadian energy independence. And another way to eventually get bitumen to tidewater. When Enbridge built the pipeline between Sarnia, Ont., and Montreal in the 1970s, it was originally meant to bring western oil to eastern Canada. As the global economics of oil changed, the flow was reversed to bring Middle Eastern and African oil to Ontario. Now Enbridge wants to switch it back around.

What’s the problem?
While Enbridge will initially use Line 9 to ship conventional oil, the company has left open the possibility of switching to heavier grades (i.e., oilsands bitumen) in the future. That has many people in the Toronto area worried since the pipe runs through important municipal water sources. There is also a fear in the U.S. state of Maine, where the belief is that Line 9 will be hooked up to the Montreal-Portland Pipeline sending Alberta bitumen through areas where there are many important municipal water sources.

Where it stands
The pipeline is divided into two sections. Line 9a runs from Sarnia, Ont., to just west of Hamilton. The regulatory process is complete and the flow has been reversed for that portion. Line 9b runs the rest of the way to Montreal. The NEB hearings are over and in March of this year approval was granted to reverse the flow.

4. Trans Mountain expansion

Why it matters
It’s the only pipeline that brings Alberta oil to the Pacific coast. Owner Kinder Morgan wants to expand the carrying capacity of the line by twinning the pipes. Right now, it carries about 300,000 barrels per day. If the expansion is approved, that number will bump up to 890,000 barrels a day. The pipeline has been in operation since 1953, largely incident free.

What’s the problem?
Northern Gateway. It would be fair to say that Trans Mountain’s expansion application is suffering collateral damage from the controversy farther north.

Where it stands
Kinder Morgan filed its application with the NEB in December of last year. If it makes it through the application process, construction begins in late 2015 or early 2016, and by 2017 the company should be pumping that extra 600,000 barrels of oil each day.

5. Flanagan South/Seaway Twin

Why it matters
This is actually two pipelines but they will work in tandem. They are both in the U.S., but they are linked and integral to the Canadian system. Flanagan South ­ an Enbridge project ­ will move an additional 600,000 barrels per day from Illinois to the big storage hub inCushing, Okla. Seaway Twin, owned by the Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, will move an additional 450,000 barrels a day out of Cushingto the refineries on the Texas coast.

What’s the problem?
None if you’re an Alberta oil guy. More bitumen flowing means more money. Plenty if you’re an environmentalist. More bitumen flowing means more greenhouse gases.

Where it stands
Seaway will be up and running later this month. Flanagan South is built and is scheduled to start pumping sometime later this year.


  • This story has been editied from a previous version that incorrectly stated that the flow of oil through the Keystone XL pipeline would be 1.1-million barrels per day. In fact, it will be 830,000 barrels per day. It also clarifies that TransCanada is in the project description phase of the NEB process. Jun 17, 2014 4:48 PM ET

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Bog down of Northern Gateway still means full steam ahead for Energy East: analyst

JOHN CHILIBECK Legislature Bureau
June 18, 2014

Ottawa’s conditional approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline to the west coast won’t affect the big project to send Alberta oil to Saint John, says an independent analyst.

Peter Doig, a financial analyst with Matco Financial in Calgary, predicted Wednesday the Northern Gateway project that would see crude shipped from Saskatchewan and Alberta via pipeline to a marine terminal on British Columbia’s west coast would get bogged down in the courts for the next decade.

There are hundreds of First Nations groups deeply opposed to oil crossing their traditional territory and many have promised to resist efforts to lay down a new, $7-billion pipeline. On Tuesday, Stephen Harperâs Conservative government announced it would give the company behind the project, Enbridge, conditional approval, provided it satisfies more than 200 conditions set out by a federal review panel and embarked on further consultations with aboriginal communities in western Canada.

"Energy East has a much higher likelihood of going ahead than Northern Gateway," Doig said. "The number of people in B.C. who don’t want Northern Gateway to go ahead is growing, the Natives are saying we’re going to do anything we can to block this thing, so a lot of analysts are saying we’re not putting anything in our numbers for Enbridge because its project is years and years away from a shovel ever hitting the ground."

The same is not true for TransCanada’s proposed $12-billion project that would see oil flow east to Quebec refineries, plus the Irving Oil refinery and a new crude marine terminal in southern New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy.

"You’re not starting from scratch," Doig said. "More of the pipeline has right-of-way approvals on it, you’re using some of the existing pipeline routes and pipelines, so there’s a lot less new build. And when you get out east, you don’t have the same Native issues."

The Assembly of First Nations Chiefs of New Brunswick are not opposed to Energy East, but they’ve warned they must be consulted by government before any construction goes ahead.

"The Assembly remains open to the idea of developing natural resource projects, but not at the expense of aboriginal and treaty rights," it said in a statement released last year. "The Chiefs hold their responsibilities as stewards of the environment in sacred trust, and will avail themselves of any means necessary, legal or otherwise, to protect those rights."

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700 kilometer by foot – Walk against pipeline projects arrives at Kanehsatake

Kanesehta:ke, June 14, 2014 – The citizens who have been walking for 700km to protest the expansion of pipelines and tar sands in Quebec achieved their goal as they arrived this morning in Kanehseta:ke.

For the past month, the marcheurs have been following the proposed routes of the TransCanada Energy East and Enbridge Line 9 pipelines to raise awareness in communities directly impacted by these projects. The pipelines will transport tar sands from Alberta through Quebec and on to New Brunswick.

The marcheurs, aged 4 to 76, succeeeded in gathering over a thousand signatures for the " Declaration to Protect Our Territory", an initiative of the " Coule Pas Chez Nous!" ("Don’t Spill in Our Home!") campaign, which asks municipal, provicincial and federal representatives to work towards a future of community-based, renewable and responsible energy sources.

Like the choice to begin the walk in Cacouna, where TransCanada plan to build an oil port, the decision to end the walk on Mohawk territory was quite intentional. The territory of more than 155 indigenous is threatened by the TransCanada pieline, and the marcheurs hope to unite their voice with those of First Nations to promote respect for the environment, with inspiration from the mobilization initiated by western Canadians against the Northern Gateway pipeline. "Thanks to the citizen’s initiative of the Peoples’ March for Mother Earth, it has now been 34 days that First Nations and Quebecois have been walking side by side in the spirit of collaboration to resist these irresponsible pipleine projects that pollute our land and our water. The dialogue between peoples has started in Quebec, and a common resistance between nations is growing. Our peoples united will never be defeated!" asserted Nicholas Ouellet, a law student from Saint-Joseph-du-Lac who has been organizing in the march.

The feelings of the marcheur is echoed by Melissa Mollen Dupuis, who was in Kanehseta:ke today to welcome the walk in the name of Idle No More Quebec: "It’s amazing to see the possibilities of creating links and collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. What is unfortunate is that this connection is faced with the urgency of protecting the environment against an extractivist culture that dominates the Canadian economy. Faced with the destruction of our Mother Earth, we will all be impacted if we don’t stand together today."

Other representatives from First Nations were also present, such as Clayton Thomas-Muller from Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, Ellen Gabriel from the traditional council of Kanesehta:ke, and Serge Simon, the Grand Chief of the Kanesehta:ke band council. The latter addressed the walkers to honorably welcome them into his community: "I have so much respect for your sacrifice, and I know your personal engagement wasn’t physically or emotionally easy. You inspire me with hope for the future of our environment and humanity. I’m excited to hear your stories and your dreams for the actions that will come."

A traditional ceremony was held to mark the end of the Peoples’ March for Mother Earth, and to symbolically pass the baton to the walk that will continue on to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, from June 15 – 22.

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Community Roundtables in Temiskaming District about Energy East Pipeline Project

North Bay The regional coalition of environmental and community groups in northeastern Ontario will be joining with local members on Saturday to host a series of roundtable discussions about potential environmental impacts in Temiskaming District of the Energy East pipeline conversation project.

TransCanada Pipeline has announced intentions to convert their natural gas pipeline through northern Ontario to move crude oil and/or diluted bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands in western Canada to facilities in eastern Canada. Pipeline ruptures would have long-lasting environmental impacts and extremely high clean-up costs and put Temiskaming at risk.

The community roundtables, organized by Northwatchand local hosts, will combine information-sharing about the project with gathering local input into regional strategies to evaluate and respond to TransCanadas proposal, including through engagement in consultation and review processes that are underway by both the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board.

Saturdays schedule includes a roundtable at Vern Miller Memorial Community Centre in Matheson at 10 am, Cousins Restaurant in Englehart at 1 pm, Chat Noir Books in New Liskeard at 4 pm and the Marten River Fire Hall at 7 pm.

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Chippewas Granted Leave to Appeal Line 9 NEB Approval to Federal Court

London, Ontario­June 11th, 2014 – Chippewas of the Thames First Nation has been granted leave to appeal the National Energy Board (NEB) decision regarding Enbridges Line 9B pipeline. The NEB decision allows Enbridge to modify its Line 9B pipeline potentially impacting the environment and the Chippewas of the Thames Aboriginal and Treaty rights. .

In April of this year, Chippewas of the Thames filed a notice of application with the Federal Court of Appeal to appeal the decision regarding the Line 9B. The approval of the appeal, which was issued late last week, is a victory for the Chippewa who are receiving support from other First Nations and environmental groups in the Toronto-area as they navigate the appeals process to assert and protect their aboriginal and treaty rights.

The federal Crown provided no consultation on the proposed project despite the Chippewas asserting their Aboriginal and Treaty rights would be impacted. The Line 9B pipeline crosses the Thames River, the same river that runs through the Chippewas traditional territory and provides a source of drinking water to the First Nation. Chippewas of the Thames Chief, Joe Miskokomon, feels that the time is right to begin a wider dialogue on a principled approach to natural resources and safer energy projects involving First Nations.

Chief Miskokomon is of the view that, We know that there is a lot of public debate about oil pipelines because we are beginning to see that the old ways of doing business are no longer acceptable because of issues like global climate change and species extinction. Our elders have taught us that when we dont respect Mother Earth our actions will come back to us.

In the coming weeks, Chippewas of the Thames will be launching a campaign to to support its appeal which calls on various industries and governments to seek a new way of doing business that draws upon First Nations values and honours the original treaty relationship.

We do not agree with the NEBs decision enabling Enbridge to reverse the flow of Line 9B. While the NEB can give certain approvals, it does not give Enbridge the social license to operate. Now we are in the position of having to argue about this pipeline in the Federal Court of Appeal on the issue of aboriginal consultation. Regardless of the outcome of our appeal, we need to raise awareness about the environmental concerns and scientific uncertainty with a pipeline dating back to the 1970s that will have new stresses that will be placed on it, according to Chief Miskokomon.

Rolanda Elijah, the Director of Lands and Environment for the First Nation, shares the same concerns, First Nations are being drawn into pipeline discussions with Line 9B and Energy East projects. Chippewa is expressing concerns about the land and water but we find ourselves having to make assertions in areas covered by treaty. We want to help define what a new approach should be, as we prefer not be in the courts, and these matters should become standard practice.

Chief Miskokomon points to initiatives under the federal Natural Resources Minister, Greg Rickford, to develop processes to develop a tripartite dialogue with BC First Nations and an office to coordinate major projects and pipelines in western Canada. Miskokomon states that similar processes should be developed for federally-approved projects in the Chippewas territory so that First Nations do not have to make continuous assertions in the courts in order to see the same results from the federal government.

We need the public and First Nations across this country to see this appeal as an opportunity to lend their support to Chippewa, and to strongly encourage government and industry to pursue alternative approaches to address how natural resources are developed to benefit the seventh generation, concludes Chief Miskokomon.


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