Sign the Northern Ontario Petition
UPDATE August 1st 2013: TransCanada has announced they intend on moving forward with their Energy East Pipeline and have unfortunately even added to its capacity, making it now a 1.1 million barrel per day project.
Be sure to bring your concerns and your friends to the public engagement meetings TransCanada is hosting.
We must all act to correct TransCanada's untruths about the safety of converting a very old natural gas mainline to transport high volumes of diluted bitumen. We must help our friends see through TransCanada's claims of job creation and national energy security. Our waters and our environments need our voices.
TransCanada Pipelines' West-to-East project (called "Energy East Pipeline") would involve 3,000 kilometres of natural gas pipeline (TransCanada's fifty-five year old mainline) being converted to carry diluted bitumen from the tar sands to the East Coast. There would also be 1,400 kilometres of new pipeline added. The pipeline would carry the astronomical volume of up to 1.1 million barrels per day across Canada (larger than the Keystone XL).
In the 55+ year history of this natural gas mainline there have already been several significant incidents. We can expect these numbers to increase as a pipeline built over a generation ago begins use for something other than what it was intended. Oil is much more dangerous than Natural Gas when it leaks into the environment and tar sands oil (diluted bitumen) especially is nearly impossible to clean up because it sinks, unlike regular crude.
This pipeline traverses rivers, runs adjacent to lakes, and affects several important waterways: Lake of the Woods, Temagami, Mattawa River, Rideau River, St. Lawrence River, Bay of Fundy, etc. This pipeline also passes through vital drinking water sources; for example, in North Bay, Ontario it goes through the Trout Lake watershed (and crosses the lake's most Eastern point) which provides the municipal drinking water for over 54,000 people.