Conservation Council NB on Energy East Filing with NEB

30 10 2014

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

30 October 2014

Attention News Editors: The Conservation Council of New Brunswick’s Executive Director, Lois Corbett, will be available for media interviews following a quick review of the documents released today by the National Energy Board with respect to TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline project.

Key Issues of Concern:

•   Can we handle a spill? New Brunswick has no existing oil pipelines and as such, emergency officials here have even bigger challenges to overcome (preparedness, response, monitoring, soil clean up) than those expressed by the B.C. government in its response to Northern Gateway (see document).

•   What is the impact to sport fishing (especially Atlantic salmon) and river recreation, cottage owners and tourism operators? The proposed pipeline route will see oil pumped under or across important water bodies in the province, including the St. John, Miramichi, Tobique, Salmon and Madawaska rivers, Coal Creek, which drains into Grand Lake, and the Bay of Fundy.

•   What is the risk to the Bay of Fundy endangered species like the Right whale, tourism and fishing industry? The end point of the pipeline is the oil refinery and export facility in Saint John. The impact of increased tanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy is of significant concern, especially for tourism operators, the endangered Right whale, and fishermen on both sides of the Bay as well as those in the Gulf of Maine.
Background on Energy East pipeline

•   In 2013, TransCanada Corporation announced its intention to build the Energy East pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to a new off-loading marine terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick. If approved, Energy East would be bigger than the Keystone XL pipeline.

•   The pipeline plan includes converting 3,000 kilometres (km) of existing natural gas pipeline in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, and building over 1,500 km of new pipeline through Quebec and New Brunswick. There currently are no oil pipelines in New Brunswick.

•   The National Review Board has said it will not examine the upstream impact of the project – for example, it will not look at the global warming impact of the oil in the pipeline. A report earlier this year said it is expected to increase greenhouse gas emissions from the tarsands by about 32 million tonnes, or just less than two times all of New Brunswick emissions.

•   A spill from a pipeline of this size could send more than 1 million litres of oil out into the natural environment.
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick

Established in 1969, the Conservation Council serves as the province’s leading voice for conservation and environmental protection. A leading public policy advocate, CCNB works to find practical solutions to help families and educators, citizens, governments and business protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the precious marine ecosystem and the land, including the forests, that supports us.
To arrange an interview, contact:

Jon MacNeill, Communications Officer | 458-8747 | jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca

 

 

Conservation Council of New Brunswick 
180 St. John Street, Fredericton NB E3B 4A9
506.458.8747 ::  www.conservationcouncil.ca

 

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