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ENERGY EAST: PIPING TAR SANDS OIL THROUGH REGINA

Posted by strattof on June 5, 2014

 

TransCanada Pipelines wants to ship tar sands oil from Alberta to eastern Canada and beyond. Energy East is its proposed method: a 4,400 km stretch of old and new pipelines.

The Saskatchewan portion of the pipeline would be converted from an already existing natural gas pipeline originally built in 1958. It would carry 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil a day.

This pipeline cuts right through Regina in the Harbour Landing area. It will put our city, along with the wider community, at great risk.

TRANSCANADA’S POOR SAFETY RECORD

TransCanada claims its pipelines are safe. Its safety record tells a different story. In its initial year of operation, TransCanada’s first Keystone pipeline, constructed in 2010, had 12 spills, including one that spilled 79,493 litres of oil in North Dakota.

The Energy East pipeline plan is extra risky:  

  • The Saskatchewan portion of the pipeline is over 50 years old.
  • This pipeline was constructed to carry natural gas, not tar sands oil, which is much thicker and more acidic and corrosive and must be pumped at a higher pressure.

If Energy East is approved, the question is not if, but when there will be pipeline leaks and spills.

ENERGY EAST: A HAZARDOUS PIPELINE

Energy East will put hundreds of communities across Canada, including Regina, at risk of a tar sands oil spill. A spill would be hazardous to the health and quality of life of thousands of Canadians.

THIS COULD HAPPEN IN REGINA

On March 29 2013, the citizens of Mayflower Arkansas woke to find their streets flooded with tar sands oil. An old Exxon pipeline had ruptured, spilling more than 1 million litres of tar sands oil in community neighbourhoods and waterways.

HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH

Conventional oil fumes are toxic enough, but tar sands oil contains even more poisonous materials.

In Mayflower, residents showed symptoms of exposure to harmful tar sands oil chemicals, including benzene and toluene, a month after the spill. Benzene is a known carcinogen, while toluene can cause nerve damage.

HAZARDOUS TO QUALITY OF LIFE

A spill would contaminate the soil, turning lawns, backyards, playgrounds, and parks into toxic places. The land would be damaged for years and property values would plummet.

N O T   I N   O U R   B A C K Y A R D !

ENERGY EAST: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD

The purpose of the Energy East pipeline is to expand Canadian tar sands production and export more oil.

  • Tar sands development is the single biggest contributor to the growth of carbon emissions in Canada.
  • The Harper government has pledged that by 2020 Canada will have dropped its carbon emissions by 17% below 2005 levels, a relatively easy target compared to Kyoto which the Harper government withdrew from in 2011.
  • At the moment, Canada is 24% above the target and our emissions are still growing.

In April, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its most dire warning about how the rapid pouring of carbon emissions into the atmosphere is already altering earthly existence in every region of the globe, including Canada.

 If the world doesn’t do anything about mitigating the emissions of greenhouse gases and the extent of climate change continues to increase, then the very social stability of human systems could be at stake” (Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

TAR SANDS MADNESS

  • The Harper government supports Energy East, along with other tar sands pipeline projects.
  • The Harper government subsidizes the tar sands industry to the tune of $1.3 billion per year.
  • Since taking office in 2006, the Harper government has been weakening environmental regulations in order to protect the tar sands.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Today, Thursday June 5, is WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, a time to reflect on the catastrophic damage we are doing to the earth systems that give us life, and a time to start taking action to reverse that damage.

TAKE ACTION FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Regina citizens should have a say in the Energy East pipeline project. Do we want tar sands oil to be piped through our city?

In Kitimat BC, the City Council voluntarily held a non-binding referendum on the Northern Gateway pipeline project slated to run through Kitimat. 58% of voters said “NO” to the pipeline.

Let Regina City Council know you want Regina to follow the good example of Kitimat and hold a referendum on the Energy East pipeline project:

Mayor Michael Fougere 777-7339 or mayor@regina.ca

Ward 1: Barbara Young 539-4081 or byoung@regina.ca

Ward 2: Bob Hawkins 789-2888 or bhawkins@regina.ca

Ward 3: Shawn Fraser 551-5030 or sfraser@regina.ca

Ward 4: Bryon Burnett 737-3347 or bburnett@regina.ca

Ward 5: John Findura 536-4250 or jfindura@regina.ca

Ward 6: Wade Murray 596-1035 or wmurray@regina.ca

Ward 7: Sharron Bryce 949-5025 or sbryce@regina.ca

Ward 8: Mike O’Donnell 545-7300 or modonnell@regina.ca

Ward 9: Terry Hincks 949-9690 or thincks@regina.ca

Ward 10:Jerry Flegel 537-9888 or jflegel@regina.ca

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