‘This is what an oil spill would do to our lake’ claims environmental group

Stop Energy East organized a demonstration Saturday along Lake Nipissing, showing the path an oil spill would take, critically affecting the beaches.

From Kinsman Beach all the way down Lake Nipissing to Sunset Park, a black trail crossed the landscape of ice and snow on the frozen lake. This trail, at closer inspection, was but a group of skiers, snowshoes and hikers dressed in black, some with a large swath of black material trailing behind them.

Why the black clothes and sheets?

Well, if an oil spill from the Energy East pipeline were to happen to any of the waterways that feed Duchesnay Falls, the massive path they walked would be where the oil would progress.

“Today we really wanted to take a chance to help people visualize what would happen during an oil spill,” said Stop Energy East ‘Ski the Spill’ event organizer, Mike Ivany. “It would start here at Kinsman Beach and travel down further along through Marathon Beach where the park is, through the marina and continue on down.”

Dozens of supporters of all ages came out amidst the heavy snow to show support on Saturday afternoon to make the long trek along Lake Nipissing. Ivany said it was a real testament as to the progress they’ve made as a group, as well as how strongly the people of the area felt against such a dangerous pipeline for the environment.

He said it was especially concerning, not only because of the environmental damage a spill would cause, but also the disruption it would create for one of North Bay’s attractions: the beach.

“From people walking their dogs along the water, to families swimming, boating, fishing,” he said. “We’d lose it all.”

Catherine Murton Stoehr, a member of the organizing committee, highlighted the urgency of visible public opposition: “If we have learned anything from recent world events it’s that what seemed unimaginable yesterday can become reality overnight.”

Ivany said moving forward, he urges everyone to take the time to contact their MPs to ensure the voice against the pipeline is heard loud and clear. He was proud that the municipality of Callander, as well as Mayor Al McDonald have spoken out against the pipeline.

“We’ve seen some reaction based on when people have gotten together to voice concerns,” he said. “That’s what inspires us most, people are giving up time to come out and express their concern and show their support.”

Theia GeoAnalytics principle consultant Steve Courtney has posted a video model of the spill path to YouTube.

As posted on BayToday, 12 February 2017 at https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/this-is-what-an-oil-spill-would-do-to-our-lake-claims-environmental-group-534228

Group walks to protect lake

Gabriella Deubelbeiss-Mathieu wants to protect Lake Nipissing.

She’s lived in North Bay her whole life, and Saturday she was among about 40 people walking along the shore of the lake to bring attention to the possible dangers it faces.

“I never want anything to jeopardize our drinking water, or where we spend the whole summer,” she said.

The local group skied, snowshoed or walked from Kinsmen Beach to Lee Park, following the path of a potential oil spill along the shoreline.

“It’s not just Trout Lake that would be threatened” by a spill of the proposed Energy East pipeline running from the Alberta tarsands to the East Coast, Catherine Murton Stoehr, one of the organizers of the protest, said.

“Most folks, when they talk about TransCanada, talk about Trout Lake. They forget about the other waterways that are connected.”

The Energy East project plans to use the existing natural gas pipeline to ship dilbit – diluted bitumen – across the country. The pipeline crosses a large number of streams, creeks and rivers.

Her daughter, Addie Murton, 8, had her cross-country skis on.

“We are showing what will happen if the pipeline leaks,” she said. “If it leaks, it will probably get all the animals, trees and plants.”

Gifford Smith and Aili Smith, students at Chippewa Secondary School, were also among those walking the frozen lake “because we don’t agree with what they are planning to do with the pipeline,” Aili said.

“It doesn’t seem like people who are planning it are too concerned about the well-being of the city,” Gifford said.

One participant, who asked not to be identified, said the lakefront “is part of humanity, and has been for as long as humanity has lived here.”

He said aboriginal people have “lived on this lake for thousands and thousands of years.”

The dilbit, he said, is particularly corrosive, and pump it through “these ancient pipes” is only inviting disaster.

“We have had nine explosions” in the pipeline over the years, he said.

A spill in the area could destroy Lake Nipissing or Trout Lake forever.

Rev. Jane Howe, another participant, said the water in the two lakes “is sacred.

“I love this lake. I love this watershed,” she said. “I am horrified this lake or Trout Lake could be spoiled.”

Diane Wallace, meanwhile, has just joined the group fighting the Energy East project.

“My heart has been with them for a long time,” she said, and “this is the time I decided to join them.

“The water is sacred. The lake is the lifeblood of the community. We can’t let this happen.”

Lake Nipissing, Murton Stoehr said, “holds us up. It keeps us strong.”

Another organizer, Mike Ivany, said residents cannot afford to sit by “while corporations and political manoeuvres imperil the waters that are so precious to us.

“We have to tell TransCanada and the Canadian government that we will not let them threaten Lake Nipissing.”

By PJ WILSON, The Nugget, Sunday, February 12, 2017 4:06:36 EST PM, as posted at http://www.nugget.ca/2017/02/12/group-walks-to-protect-lake

Environmental Group Says Despite Neb Announcement, the Risks of Energy East Still Too Great

The announcement by the National Energy Board that a completely new panel will be installed to conduct a review of the Energy East pipeline is good news, according to local environmental group Northwatch. The NEB announced last Friday the decisions of the panel that stepped down in September will be declared void, and a new panel will start the process from scratch.

Brennain Lloyd, spokesperson for Northwatch, says the new panel is going to review the list of issues, including an environmental assessment that needs to be considered. Lloyd says this process is going to take some time, possibly five or six months, because there are a lot of unanswered questions right now. She says that includes whether or not the NEB is even the proper body to conduct this review.

Lloyd says when they get right down to it, this project is absolutely full of risk for Northern Ontario. The proposed route for the pipeline runs through a handful of watersheds, including Lake Nipissing and Lake Talon. TransCanada has said they aren’t open to changing the route. Lloyd finished by saying even if TransCanada were willing to change the route, that doesn’t reduce the risk it just changes were the risk would be.

Aaron Mahoney, STAFF FRIDAY, FEB. 3RD, 2017 as posted at http://www.mynorthbaynow.com/17248/local-environmental-group-says-despite-neb-announcement-risks-energy-east-still-great/

Mirabel veut que l’on refuse le tracé Énergie Est

La Ville de Mirabel demande à la Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) de rejeter la demande du tracé de l’oléoduc Énergie Est sur son territoire.

Le conseil municipal considère que le projet de TransCanada suscite depuis plusieurs mois beaucoup trop de questions notamment du point de vue environnemental, économique, de l’acceptabilité sociale et de la sécurité publique.

Le maire Jean Bouchard précise que, malgré la modification du parcours, “les risques sont trop élevés pour les nappes phréatiques, les milieux humides, les terres agricoles, la santé et l’environnement en général” pour donner l’aval au passage du pipeline.

Le premier magistrat se questionne, aussi, sur la pertinence de ce projet, compte tenu que le gouvernement américain a relancé celui du compétiteur Keystone XL.

Publié le mercredi 01 février 2017 à 8:26 à http://www.cime.fm/actualite/nouvelles/mirabel-veut-que-l-on-refuse-le-trac-nergie-es-819505.html

Northwatch awaits turn to address new panel reviewing Energy East

Nugget | Feb 1 | Society will accept risks, if there is some benefit to come from it.

But that isn’t the case with the Energy East project, according to a Northwatch spokesperson.

Brennain Lloyd said Wednesday the proposal to ship diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the East Coast has no benefits for this region.

“There’s no reward,” she said. “There’s no benefit for us. It is only about risks and impacts.”

It’s one message Northwatch will deliver to the National Energy Board when it conducts a review of the project, whenever that might be.

On Friday, the NEB announced the decisions of a panel that stepped down in September will be declared void.

“The new panel issued its first decision Friday to undo the decisions of the previous panel,” Lloyd said. “What they did is they said they were going to restart the process in every way except one,” and that is to review the list of issues the panel will be able to consider.

She said it is “going to take months” before the process can get up to speed.

“But we’re in no rush for it,” she said. “There will not be a hardship from any perspective for it to be delayed.”

Lloyd said the previous panel had ruled that climate change concerns would not be allowed on the issues list, which is the guideline for what issues can be raised before the panel.

The new panel, she said, has also ruled that the Energy East hearing will be split into two subjects – the Alberta-East Coast pipeline conversion and one concerning the Mainline project, which involves pipeline conversion from Markham to Cornwall.

The Mainline pipeline is a conversion similar to Energy East, where a pipeline designed to carry natural gas will instead transport diluted bitumen – dilbit.

North Bay Nugget Staff, Thursday, February 2, 2017 1:28:22 EST AM, as posted at http://www.nugget.ca/2017/02/02/northwatch-awaits-turn-to-address-new-panel-reviewing-energy-east

Avoidable Errors Cause 20 Pipeline Leaks A Year In Canada

Huff Post | Jan 29 | CALGARY — Human error — whether it’s burying a pipeline too shallow or not fastening bolts tight enough — is increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, federal data suggests.

Figures compiled by the National Energy Board show that in the past three years, incorrect operation — which covers everything from failing to follow procedures to using equipment improperly — has caused an average of 20 leaks per year. That’s up from an average of four annually in the previous six years.


Oil has contaminated rivers, wilderness and city streets.