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.”
- Blog post to share: The ugly truth about Energy East – North America’s largest proposed tar sands pipeline (Environmental Defense)
- Report to share: Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water (Council of Canadians)
- Infographic to download: Energy East poster (Environmental Defense)
- Petition: Stop the Energy East Pipeline! (Council of Canadians)
- Hashtags in use: #TransCanada, #EnergyEast, #tarsands
- 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.
- TransCanada has a poor safety record. The Keystone pipeline, TransCanada’s other pipeline project, experienced 12 spills during its first year of operation. In January 2014, an explosion along a TransCanada natural gas pipeline caused a fire that took 12 hours to contain, leaving 4000 people without heating in -20 degrees celsius weather.
- The benefits of Energy East are “greatly exaggerated.” According to Environmental Defense, the proposed pipeline won’t amount to anything sustainable over the long-term, and will only lead to some temporary construction jobs. Surprisingly, Canadian drivers can also expect the cost of fuel to spike as a result of more fossil fuels on the global market.
Facebook image to share
- Energy East poster (Facebook)
- U of T professor launches challenge against National Energy Board (The Star)
- Canada’s race to build pipelines won’t spell relief at the pumps (Globe and Mail)
- Energy East equals higher heating costs and more fracked gas (Rabble)
- Summer campaign updates from Energy East: Our Risk, Their Reward (Rabble)
Reports, Studies & Useful Links
- Report: Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water (Council of Canadians)
- Media release: Where Oil Meets Water: Energy East an unacceptable risk to waterways(Council of Canadians)
- Transcanada, Keystone (Flickr)
- Energy East Pipeline plans (Flickr)
- Energy East Pipeline route (Flickr)
- MT @CanadianYCC New report from @CouncilofCDNs outlines impacts of #EnergyEast on waterways across Canada http://www.canadians.org/sites/default/files/publications/energyeast-waterways-0814.pdf#cdnpoli
- MT @DefendClimate Up to 90% of #EnergyEast’s oil is expected to be exported unrefined. Know the risks INFOGRAPHIC http://ow.ly/ArLOQ