The Nugget | 16 December 2016 | It’s a deal-breaker if TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline runs through the Trout Lake watershed, says Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota.
Rota was criticized for statements he made this past weekend during a pipeline protest in front of his Main Street West constituency office in North Bay.
Demonstrators voiced their concern in letters to the editor and on The Nugget’s Facebook page.
Catherine Murton Stoehr said if Rota agrees with the people of North Bay, he should have promised to break with his party and oppose Energy East.
She said if Rota didn’t agree, he should have explained his position, especially with how the Liberals are following the environmental mandate given to them in the last election.
Instead, Murton Stoehr claims, Rota told the demonstrators climate change is their fault because they use plastic.
Rota insists he wasn’t placing blame. Rather, he was explaining the need to reduce the public’s dependence on oil.
“To say to not produce any more oil is not realistic. We have to look at our consumption and reduce it,” he said.
“Attacking the production side is not the solution. We have to address the consumption side of the equation and find alternatives to fossil fuels.”
Rota reiterated his stance on Energy East.
“There’s no way we will accept it if the pipeline is within the Trout Lake watershed. That is a deal-breaker,” he said.
The $15.7-billion Energy East project is a 4,500-kilometre pipeline that will transport about 1.1 million barrels of bitumen daily from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the East Coast.
North Bay Mayor Al McDonald has said the city has put aside $250,000 in its legal fund to ensure its voice is heard at National Energy Board hearings and the city’s water source is protected.
By JENNIFER HAMILTON-MCCHARLES, The Nugget, Friday, December 16, 2016 1:28:38 EST AM, as posted at http://www.nugget.ca/2016/12/16/theres-no-way-we-will-accept-it-if-the-pipeline-is-within-the-trout-lake-watershed-north-bays-mp-says