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EARTH DAY APRIL 22 2015

Posted by strattof on April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, is EARTH 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. 

CLIMATE FACTS

  • The upper safety limit for CO2 in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million. Today the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is 400.26 ppm, well over the safety limit.
  • The leading cause of the increase in atmospheric CO2 is the burning of fossil fuels.
  • Rising CO2 levels in the earth’s atmosphere are the main cause of climate change.
  • Average global temperature has already risen by .85° C.
  • A global rise in average temperature of 2° C must be avoided if catastrophic consequences for human, animal, and plant life are not to follow.

TAR SANDS OIL COMING TO A PIPELINE NEAR YOU

ENERGY EAST HARBOUR LANDING REGINA 6

Site of proposed Energy East pipeline, Harbour Landing

TransCanada Pipelines wants to ship tar sands oil from Alberta to eastern Canada, mainly for export. Energy East is its proposed method: a 4,400 Km stretch of pipeline—the largest oil pipeline ever built in North America.

To save money, TransCanada plans to convert an already existing natural gas pipeline, originally built in the 1970s, for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba portions of the pipeline. This pipeline cuts right through Regina in the Harbour Landing area.  

The metal structure near the centre of the photograph above marks the pipeline, which comes into Harbour Landing from the west and then turns south at the drainage ditch. The photograph, taken from James Hill Road, shows how close the pipeline is to people’s homes in Harbour Landing.

Energy East will carry 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil a day, putting the communities it passes through 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 43 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.

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

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.

ENERGY EAST: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD

  • Tar sands development is the single biggest contributor to the growth of carbon emissions in Canada.
  • Over the last 25 years, Canada’s CO2 emissions have increased by 18%.
  • Climate scientists warn that, if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must leave at least 80% of tar sands oil in the ground.

TAR SANDS MADNESS

  • The Harper government subsidizes the tar sands industry to the tune of $1.3 billion per year. It also supports Energy East, along with every other tar sands pipeline project.
  • Premier Brad Wall is a vocal champion of Energy East.
  • Even though it endangers his city, Regina’s Mayor, Michael Fougere, thinks Energy East is none of his business.

TAKE ACTION FOR EARTH DAY 

Join the People’s Intervention. Go to http://350.org/stop-the-energy-east pipeline/  

Tell Mayor Michael Fougere you want Regina to follow the good example of Toronto and ban the transport of tar sands oil through the city by rail or pipeline: 306-777-7339 or mayor@regina.ca

Tell Premier Brad Wall you don’t want Energy East running through your community or province: 306-787-9433 or premier@gov.sk.ca

2015 is a federal election year. Tell the candidates in your electoral district you want the government to stop subsidizing the tar sands industry and to start investing in clean energy.

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