Winnipeg Energy East critics paddle river as part of nationwide event

‘We are greater than the tar sands’ events held in 21 different cities across Canada

CBC News Posted: Jul 04, 2015 1:32 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 04, 2015 3:12 PM CT

A group of Winnipeggers cycled and paddled through Winnipeg Saturday morning hoping to shed light on how TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline poses a threat to the environment.

The 4,600-kilometre pipeline would ship about 1.1 million barrels of crude oil east from Alberta to New Brunswick daily. The project would reuse a 40-year-old natural gas pipeline that runs by Shoal Lake ­ where Winnipeg gets its drinking water ­ near the Manitoba-Ontario border.

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline would ship crude from Alberta to New Brunswick. (The Canadian Press)

People opposed to the project held "We are greater than the tar sands" events in 21 cities across Canada Saturday. In Winnipeg, participants gathered at Assiniboine Park and either cycled or canoed to Oodena Circle at The Forks as part of the event.

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