Cultural leaders are standing up for the rights of their communities as legal battles ensue against Energy East this week. Francophone protection groups are arguing in court today that Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) failed to offer a complete translation of all Energy East related information prior to the public hearings concerning the project. Earlier this week, Ontario’s First Nations demanded that federal Natural Resource Minister halt the pipeline review process, accusing the NEB board of failing to consult with their communities, and of being “inaccessible and unwilling to share information with them.” Energy East is expected to transport 1.1 billion barrels of crude from Alberta’s tar sands through communities and waterways in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
MT @anthonypyho Canada’s #Pipeline Review Process Broken But Still Important, Critics Say http://www.desmog.ca/2015/02/10/canadas-pipeline-review-process-broken-still-important-critics-say #NEB
- Petition: NEB: We need a fair pipeline review (Council of Canadians)
- The NEB risks losing complete credibility if they continue turning a blind eye to the concerns of the people it is supposed to protect. So far, the NEB has moved forward with hearings despite being accused of failing to conduct a thorough analysis of the pipeline impacts, as well as neglecting impacted communities living along its route. As a federal regulatory body, too many critical oversights could lead people across the country and the international community to perceive the NEB as part of a broken, irrelevant system.
- Implications of this pipeline to the people and environment are far too devastating. This pipeline — the largest to ever be built in North America — cuts through communities living in the most populated regions in the country as the proposed route navigates through many major cities. Energy East also risks generating up to 32 million tonnes of additional greenhouse gas emissions each year in Canada.
- Marginalized communities are stepping up and using their rights to defend Canadian society at large. First Nations leaders and French language protection groups are pursuing legal actions against big oil and the Canadian government by holding them accountable to legal measures already in place meant to protect their community interests. By taking on this battle, they are also working to protect the wider community and the environment from the impacts of this pipeline.
- Energy East pipeline: French-language protection groups in court today (CBC)
- Ontario First Nations demand NEB halt Energy East review, seek consultation (Globe and Mail)
- Environmental group seeks injunction to Energy East pipeline project (Montreal Gazette)
- Seniors play prominent role in Energy East pipeline protest (Vancouver Observer)
- Couillard says TransCanada should abandon plans for port terminal in beluga area (CBC)
Tools & Resources
- Report: Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water (Council of Canadians)
- Report: Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline (Pembina Institute)
- Link: List of First Nations and cities affected by Energy East pipeline (Council of Canadians)
- Press release: Grand Chief to raise concerns with heads of TransCanada Energy East pipeline, National Energy Board and Enbridge pipelines (Mohawk Council of Kahnawake)
- Blog post: Canada’s Pipeline Review Process Broken But Still Important, Critics Say (DeSmog)
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- Ontario First Nations (Facebook)
- Energy East Poster (Environmental Defence)
- “Most owners located on the Energy East route in Quebec do not speak enough English to understand the documents available on the NEB website” – Karine Péloffy, Quebec Environmental Law Centre
- “[First Nations] are not being adequately consulted” – Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Energy Minister
- “The [NEB] has declined multiple requests for Chiefs of Ontario for in person information sessions on the proposed project and the approvals process for First Nations in Ontario. In lieu of in person meetings, the National Energy Board has organized online overview sessions, which are unavailable to First Nations that lack sufficient internet connectivity” – Stan Beardy, Ontario Regional Chief
- MT @CamFenton @TransCanada denies plans to abandon the Cacouna #EnergyEast port, but they already lost social license http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/transcanada-rejects-report-it-has-canceled-cacouna-port-project
- MT @CBrentPatterson Quebec group & landowner seek injunction on #NEB hearings, given information only in English, http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/environmental-group-seeks-injunction-to-energy-east-pipeline-project
- RT @envirodefence Up to 90% of #EnergyEast‘s oil would be exported unrefined – This isn’t oil for Canadians http://ow.ly/ImDhb