For every year that the Energy East pipeline operates, it faces a 15 percent chance of rupturing, according to a recent report. The Council of Canadians, a national civil society network who commissioned this analysis, based their calculations on parent oil company TransCanada’s history of pipeline leaks in Canada. The proposed pipeline would transport crude from Alberta’s tar sands towards export terminals from the country’s maritime region. The findings of this report reveal that if TransCanada moves forward with Energy East, up to 30 million litres of crude could spill from a burst pipeline, claiming that it could go undetected by TransCanada’s monitoring centre. Untraceable pipeline ruptures are now commonplace across Canada — in July, it took two weeks before officials caught onto a Nexen pipeline leak in Alberta which leaked nearly 31,500 barrels of a tar sands oil and water emulsion. If approved, Energy East would be the longest pipeline in North America, and would cut through many major cities and First Nations communities while generating up to 32 million tonnes of additional greenhouse gas emissions each year.
— Council of Canadians (@CouncilofCDNs) September 2, 2015
- Dirty energy projects devastate communities. Whether it’s the proposed cross-country Energy East pipeline, the Nexen pipeline rupture in Alberta or the Lac Megantic train derailing disaster in Quebec, oil-driven projects have and will continue to destroy communities. The risks involved in getting more pipelines like Energy East running simply aren’t worth it.
- Oil is not the source of Canada’s prosperity. Canada is in a recession for the first time since the 2008 global crisis, largely due to tumbling oil prices. From mass layoffs to shrinking real estate markets, businesses and communities are suffering from the impacts of oil volatility.
- Canadians are ready to move away from oil-dominated leadership. 87 percent of of Canadians are concerned about global warming and think it’s a serious threat to the planet. Across the country, people are calling on their leaders to ensure jobs, justice and protection for the climate, and if the current federal government continues to stay disillusioned from this reality, the consequences may be reflected in the ballots.
- House sales plunge in Calgary as energy sector job losses mount (Globe and Mail)
- Economy enters technical recession despite strong figures in June (Globe and Mail)
- Council of Canadians charges Energy East pipeline vulnerable to a high percentage of leaks (National Observer)
Reports, Studies & Useful Links
- Report: Quantifying Risk: Calculating the probability of an Energy East pipeline rupture (Council of Canadians)
- Press release: Report: Energy East at high risk of rupture due to shoddy safety record (Council of Canadians)
- Blog: First Nations bear the risks of oilsands development (TSSN)
- Blog: Energy East: The right whale and the wrong company (Rabble)
Infographic to share
- Our risk, their reward (Environmental Defence)
Related Tree Alerts
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- Alberta pipeline leaked for two weeks before officials caught on
- NEB ignores 100,000 Canadians, rams forward with applications to Energy East hearings
- MT @envirodefence ‘Along the Pipeline’ puts faces on the #EnergyEast pipeline proposal. After QC it’s now touring ON. http://environmentaldefence.ca/blog/along-pipeline-%E2%80%93-faces-energy-east-are-coming-ontario
- RT @VanObserver Council of Canadians charges Energy East #pipeline vulnerable to a high percentage of leaks http://bit.ly/natobsee2