Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace


Posted by strattof on December 8, 2016

Last week the Trudeau government approved two new tar sands pipelines: the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Together they will increase pipeline capacity by about 1 million barrels of oil per day.

In making this decision, Prime Minister Trudeau privileged the interests of the fossil fuel industry over the concerns of Indigenous peoples, ordinary Canadians across the country, and climate scientists. He also broke three of his election promises:

  1. To make Canada a world climate leader.
  2. To overhaul the National Energy Board’s environmental assessment process before considering any more pipelines.
  3. To implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to build a nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations.

For all our sake, we need to stop these pipelines!



  • Line 3 will carry tar sands crude from Hardisty Alberta to Superior Wisconsin for transport to refinery markets in the US.
  • Line 3 crosses Saskatchewan, passing through Treaty 6 and Treaty 4 territories. It also passes just a few kilometres south of Regina and transits or runs near a number of farms, towns, waterways, and First Nations.
  • Line 3 will replace a pipeline constructed in the 1960s, doubling its capacity from 360,000 to 760,000 barrels a day.
  • Line 3 is owned by Enbridge, a Calgary-based corporation. Enbridge includes among its shareholders all major Canadian banks: RBC, BMO, TD, CIBC, and Bank of Nova Scotia.


  • Trans Mountain will carry tar sands crude from Edmonton Alberta to Burnaby BC for export by tankers to Asia.
  • Trans Mountain crosses 15 First Nations, Jasper National Park, and many waterways. It also runs directly under a number of schools, residential neighbourhoods, and shopping centres.
  • Trans Mountain will almost triple the pipeline’s capacity, increasing it from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of crude a day.
  • Trans Mountain will also quadruple the number of tar sands tankers to more than 400 a year in Burrard Inlet. Each tanker can carry up to one million barrels of crude oil.
  • Trans Mountain is owned by Kinder Morgan, a Texas-based corporation. Like Enbridge, Kinder Morgan includes among its shareholders all major Canadian banks.


Pipelines are accidents waiting to happen. More than a 100 significant spills occur every year. One of those spills occurred last summer in Northern Saskatchewan, dumping 1,572 barrels of tar sands oil into the North Saskatchewan River.

Like all pipeline companies, Enbridge and Kinder Morgan claim their pipelines are safe. Their safety records tell a different story.

  • Enbridge is responsible for the largest onshore spill in US history. In 2010 an Enbridge pipeline ruptured in Michigan, spilling 27,000 barrels of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River.
  • Since purchasing the Trans Mountain pipeline in 2005, Kinder Morgan has been responsible for four major spills in BC.

Oil spills contaminate water, land, and air. They also kill wildlife and sicken people. Tar sands oil is particularly toxic as it must be thinned with thousands of chemicals to make it run through a pipe.


The Line 3 and Trans Mountain pipelines are environmental hazards. Both will expand tar sands production.

  • Tar sands production poisons the water, air, land, and people in surrounding First Nations communities.
  • Tar sands development is the single biggest contributor to the growth of carbon emissions in Canada, thus driving dangerous climate change.
  • 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded—until 2015 beat it by a wide margin. Now 2016 is on track to set another heat record.
  • Climate scientists warn that, if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must leave at least 85% of tar sands oil in the ground.


Indigenous communities have taken the lead in opposing pipe-lines. The original caretakers of this land, they are determined to protect it, and the entire planet, from environmental destruction.

  • First Nations across Canada have been saying “no” to tar sands development and tar sands pipelines for years.
  • Calling themselves protectors (rather than “protesters”), thousands of Indigenous peoples from across the Americas said “no” to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock ND. Earlier this week, they succeeded in halting the pipeline.



Tell Prime Minister Trudeau

  • That saying “yes” to pipelines is saying “yes” to climate catastrophe.
  • That climate leaders do not approve new tar sands pipelines.

Also let Prime Minister Trudeau know you want his government

  • To overhaul the National Energy Board’s environmental assessment process as promised and then to review the Line 3 and Trans Mountain pipeline projects.
  • To implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to “free, prior, and informed consent.” or 613-995-0253.

Ask your bank if it has investments in Enbridge or Kinder Morgan.


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