Join Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians,
Cherri Foytlin, journalist and speaker on impacts of BP oil spill,
Hubert Saulnier, local fisherman and President of Local 9 Maritime Fishermen’s Union
at a meeting about the PROPOSED TRANSCANADA ENERGY EAST PIPELINE PROJECT Monday, October 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, 761 Broadway Avenue, Cornwallis, NS
TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline will bring one million barrels of diluted Alberta Tar Sands bitumen (dilbit) to St. John EVERY DAY which will be exported in super tankers to other countries. It could double and potentially triple the super tanker traffic that currently moves through the Bay of Fundy, dramatically increasing the risk of an oil spill and marine traffic accidents.
The Bay of Fundy is a major economic driver for our economy and is essential to our quality of life. Dilbit spills could have a dire impact on our fisheries, tourism, wildlife and the environment, property values and more.
A few companies will reap the profits. Nova Scotians are expected to simply accept the risks without question.
Bay of Fundy oil spills mostly wash up on Nova Scotia shores. Dilbit spills are more complicated. Some of the complex mix of chemicals in dilbit will float, others will sink to denser water and some to the bottom. This will spread quickly in the Fundy tidal system. Dilbit has proven very hard to clean up in fresh water; salt water spill cleanup procedures are in the research phase. Oil companies are expected to take full responsibility for their spills, BUT
- will they or even can they fully compensate us for a devastated fishery, a compromised tourism industry and lost property values?
- will they actually pay, or will taxpayers?
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Remember the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico and these WEREN’T DILBIT.
The proposed Energy East Pipeline will put us at great risk. If approved, it’s not “what if” a spill in the Bay of Fundy happens, but “when“.
We must help stop it!
For more details, visit http://www.canadians.org/energyeast-atl-tour
Also, a short video on the continued inadequate preparation for oil spills even after the Exxon Valdez