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Energy East is a proposal by TransCanada Pipelines Limited to create a dangerous pipeline network stretching 4,500 km from southern Alberta to New Brunswick. TransCanada wants to use Energy East to transport 1.1 million barrels of toxic tar sands oil a day.

Energy East is not a “Made in Canada” oil solution. Energy East would be the largest oil pipeline project in North America, and would put hundreds of communities at risk of a tar sands oil spill like the one that devastated Mayflower, AK.

Little of the oil transported by Energy East would stay in Canada. Instead, between 750,000 and one million barrels of unrefined oil would be exported out of Canada every single day. That’s the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools of oil – every day.

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Overview:
TransCanada pipeline proposal to transport tar sands crude to New Brunswick 
Key Problems:
- Converting this aging natural gas pipeline to tar sands crude would make it prone to leaks and spills
- This pipeline ruptured and exploded in 1995, causing a huge fire
- Would put millions of Canadians in six provinces at risk of a tar sands oil spill 
Current Status:
Thousands of citizens and numerous city councils oppose this risky proposal

TransCanada’s proposal involves three main pieces.

First, it requires converting 3,000 km of an aging natural gas pipeline to carry tar sands oil. The existing natural gas pipeline runs from Alberta to eastern Ontario. Evidence indicates that converting a main natural gas pipeline to ship oil could increase the cost of natural gas for customers in Ontario and Quebec.

Energy East also requires the construction of new sections of pipeline, the largest of which would run from eastern Ontario more than 1,5400 km across southern Quebec to Saint John, New Brunswick. Along with the segment to be converted, this would mean millions of people in six provinces would be at risk of a tar sands oil spill.

Then there’s the construction of two oil export terminals, one planned for the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and one in Saint John, NB. This will increase the number of oil tankers plying the waters of the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean, putting at risk maritime economies and communities from inevitable tar sands spills.

Despite TransCanada’s assurances about safety, the company has had many oil spills and safety problems with its pipelines. In 1995, the same natural gas pipeline that TransCanada intends to convert to tar sands oil ruptured, causing a huge explosion and fire in southern Manitoba. In 2011, the first phase of TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline spilled 12 times in its first year of operation, one of the worst first-year spill rates on record for a pipeline. One incident created a crude oil geyser six stories high. TransCanada had boasted about its “world class safety standards” and predicted a spill rate of only 1.4 times per decade.

Energy East Updates & Resources

Coast Guard: We can’t adequately respond to Great Lakes heavy oil spill

Feature

Keith Matheny | Detroit Free Press - September 11th 2014

Press Clipping: The U.S. Coast Guard and other responders are not adequately equipped or prepared for a “heavy oil” spill on the Great Lakes, according to a Coast Guard commander who is pushing for action. A major oil spill from one of the proposed tar sands pipelines could spell economic disaster for the states in the Great Lakes region, severely damaging the multibillion-dollar fishing and recreational boating industries and killing off wildlife.

Energy East info graphic

September 10th 2014

Visual: Environmental Defence launched a NEW infographic about the risks of Energy East. We know that TransCanada will try to convince Canadians that this risky project is in Canada's interest. That's why we put together this clear, easy to understand infographic about the many risks of Energy East. It would be fantastic if you could share the link to the infographic among your networks, especially on social media.

All hair, no cattle: Why Trudeau’s pipeline policy makes no sense

Thomas J. Duck | iPolitics - September 5th 2014

Press Clipping: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau recently accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of being “all hat, no cattle” on oil pipelines. He’s right about Mr. Harper’s pipeline policy — but wrong about his own. Mr. Trudeau says he supports expanding Canada’s oil pipeline network in a manner “that fits into a long-term strategy of a sustainable environment”. But you can’t square that circle: Expanding the pipeline network would lead to an increase in oil production — which can only worsen the impacts of climate change.

Atlantic Energy East speakers tour coming this fall

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - September 4th 2014

Blog Post: From October 27 to November 6, the Council of Canadians and local partners will visit communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to talk about why TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward for Atlantic Canada. Join Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow and other experts to learn about the project, how to protect our waterways, possible alternatives, and the risks of a pipeline and tanker spill.

Protesters target Justin Trudeau in Chester

Gordon Delaney | Halifax Herald - August 25th 2014

Press Clipping: A group of environmentalists worried about climate change delivered their message Sunday to federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a Chester fundraising stop. A dozen community activists held a brief and peaceful protest outside a $500-a-plate Liberal fundraising event at the seaside home of real estate developer Jon Dimock.

Anishinaabeg decry TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline at Kenora open house

Crystal Green | IC Magazine - August 14th 2014

Press Clipping: Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house. This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch. The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Civil society groups launch “People’s Intervention” Campaign to fight TransCanada pipeline

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - July 29th 2014

Blog Post: As TransCanada prepares to file a proposal to the National Energy Board for its Energy East pipeline, 350.org, the Council of Canadians, and Leadnow.ca have launched a campaign calling for climate change and community voices to be included in the National Energy Board’s review of the mega-project. “Almost 10,000 people have already sent messages to the National Energy Board demanding a fair review of this pipeline,” says Cameron Fenton, Canadian tar sands organizer with 350.org. “The question now is whether the NEB and the government will listen to communities, or push for a rubber stamp on this project.”

In the heart of the oil sands, a new fight over pipelines

Shawn McCarthy | Globe and Mail - July 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: Canada’s oil sands producers are facing a pipeline brouhaha in their own backyard that could threaten expansion plans by strangling their access to markets. TransCanada and Phoenix Energy are proposing to build the $3-billion Grand Rapids pipeline to transport 900,000 barrels a day of blended bitumen from Fort McMurray to the Edmonton area. But the project is under fire from landowners, environmentalists and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), who complain it is being fast-tracked without proper environmental assessment.