|The National Energy Board (NEB), a government-appointed body that reviews pipeline proposals, announced yesterday that it will look at climate impacts when considering TransCanada’s massive $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline project. This is a huge step forward in recognizing the climate impacts of the relentless drive for fossil fuels.
You may be thinking this is a no-brainer, of course climate impacts should be considered. But up until now, the NEB refused to take the pipeline’s climate impacts into account.
The crude production needed to fill the Energy East pipeline would generate an additional 30 to 32 million tons of upstream carbon emissions each year — this is equivalent to adding more than 7 million cars to our roads. The downstream emissions would be even higher.
If approved, the proposed Energy East pipeline will send 1.1 million barrels of dirty tar sands crude from Alberta to Nova Scotia where it will be shipped overseas to international markets. The tar sands continue to be Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are a huge road block to us meeting our climate change commitments.
It took years of tireless pressure by the Council of Canadians – with the help of supporters like you – working with community groups along the pipeline route and allied organizations, but together we made this great change come about. Thank you!
And while this is a great victory, we can’t let our guard down.
The Energy East pipeline will threaten nearly 3,000 waterways along its 4,400-kilometre path and put the drinking water for millions of people at risk. A spill of toxic tar sands crude would devastate any land or water it touches. And our air quality would be at risk.
In fact, the federal government recently said it would not apply new, tougher air quality rules to the tank farm where the Energy East crude would be stored before it is shipped overseas.
You have been a great advocate in the fight to stop TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline. Can I ask you to take a moment and speak out about this harmful decision that will put people’s health at risk?
Send your letter now – don’t let TransCanada pollute our air!
Thank you for taking action to stop Energy East, a pipeline that continues to be “our risk – their reward.”
Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner