Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water

20 08 2014

I’m excited to finally share a report we’ve been working on documenting the risks of Energy East to waterways. Thank you to everyone that helped to inform this report – we hope it will be a useful tool for all in this campaign!

Download full report.

In French

The sheer volume of substance proposed to be pushed through the Energy East pipeline – 1.1 million barrels per day – would mean that when the pipeline spills (and it will spill), it would seriously endanger our water sources.

Energy East: Where oil meets water, provides preliminary analysis of the risks posed by Energy East to many waterways it comes near, over and under.  From Battle River, Alberta to the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, the report provides profiles with notable characteristics and attributes of these waterways that supply drinking water for millions of Canadians and run through the heart of cities such as Winnipeg, Ottawa and Quebec City.

It would be really great if you could take some time to read through and offer feedback, and share! We hope this will be a good tool for reaching out to new audiences along the route that may not be aware yet of the risks posed to their waterways.

Sample tweets:

Energy East risks drinking water, beluga habit, fishing, tourism @CouncilofCDNS #cdnpoli #2RiskEE #StopEnergyEast

Energy East: Unacceptable risk to waterways @CouncilofCDNS #2RiskEE #StopEnergyEast

Where oil meets water: Energy East not worth the risk @CouncilofCDNS #2RiskEE #StopEnergyEast

Dilbit spill flowing in downtown Winnipeg, Ottawa or Quebec City? No way. @CouncilofCDNS @fcm #2RiskEE #StopEnergyEast

Map of Energy East and waterways

We’ve mapped out and profiled all of the named water crossing coordinates, as well as did some research based on knowledge of the existing pipeline, local knowledge and pump station coordinates, on other waterways the route comes near, over and under.

Pumping stations (black), named water crossings (red), approximate locations of water crossings (green) tank terminals (blue) marine terminals (orange).

We will be doing some media work on this in the next couple of days and are hoping journalists will be interested in local stories (we have a number of familiar faces lined up to chat about their local fights to protect water).

For those with connections to folks along the route, please consider using this as a moment to contact local media about the threats to your/their local waterway.


Andrea Harden-Donahue

Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner

Council of Canadians

(613) 233-4487 ext 240

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