Civil society groups “de-gunk” oilslicked myths about Energy East pipeline

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Despite TransCanada’s “greenwashing” efforts, civil society groups are debunking the company’s untruthful claims about Energy East one at a time. TransCanada, whose proposed pipeline project is set to be among the largest in North America, has been accused of “greatly exaggerating” the benefits of the Energy East pipeline to the domestic economy, which will transport crude oil for export purposes only. In a recent report published by the Council of Canadians, authors reveal that the pipeline could potentially spill “more than one million litres of crude oil, including diluted bitumen from the tar sands, in just 10 minutes.”

Countering the misleading claims put forth by TransCanada, Environmental Defense designed an infographic that portrays the many associated risks of the pipeline and shows the foreseen impacts of the 1.1 million barrels of oil that would be piped each day across waterways and through cities and First Nations territories. The release of this study and infographic come at a time when observers are increasingly raising eyebrows at governing bodies’ lack of due diligence over the pipeline, with some even launching a constitutional challenge against the the National Energy Board for “refusing to consider climate change while deciding pipeline expansion plans.”

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  • Communities will bear the risks of this pipeline. Nearby major cities could just as well be subjected to oil spills, while First Nation and Métis communities are located directly along the pipeline route. If a spill penetrates one of the hundreds of lakes in its vicinity, Energy East could devastate entire communities by poisoning their drinking water supply.

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