Energy East: TransCanada Holds Second Meeting with Businesses, Shut-Out Citizens Attend Anyway

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Mark D'Arcy, NB Energy East Campaigner, The Council of Canadians, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Cell: (506) 292-7190, mdarcy@canadians.org

Energy East: TransCanada Holds Second Meeting with Businesses, Shut-Out Citizens Attend Anyway

FREDERICTON - Fredericton residents will be on hand to greet TransCanada at its second meeting with the Fredericton business community. This comes only two weeks after TransCanada refused Frederiction City Council’s request to hold a public meeting for citizens tomorrow morning.

In the letter, Patrick Lacroix, TransCanada’s New Brunswick Project Manager for the Energy East Project, argued that a public meeting was not necessary because Fredericton was not directly affected by the pipeline. Yet TransCanada’s Philippe Cannon already gave a presentation on public safety and the economic impacts of the proposed pipeline to the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Fredericton North Rotary Club and Mayor Brad Woodside on March 17, 2014.

Members of the Council of Canadians’ Fredericton chapter call on TransCanada to hold a public meeting.

“The optics are bad for building trust,” says Marzipan Trahms of the Fredericton chapter. “We are the ones who will take all of the risks to our drinking water, and will have very little financial rewards. And yet we don’t even get to be properly consulted.”

A potential oil spill from Energy East would reach the base of the Nashwaak River, from which it could flow into the Fredericton aquifer.

“Our question to TransCanada will be very straightforward: Where will a spill in the Nashwaak River end up?” says Maggie Connell, co-chair of the Fredericton Council of Canadians chapter.

Stanley resident Don McDonald is concerned about the impact of a pipeline spill into his long-time fishing waterways, the Nashwaak River and the Southwest Miramichi River.

“The proposed pipeline route crosses three tributaries leading into the Nashwaak River. The usually high flow rate of Cross Creek and the Nashwaak River means that a spill could happen in the middle of the night and would only be detected in the morning, when it has already reached Fredericton,” said McDonald.

An independent study commissioned by a Quebec municipality found that Energy East leaks as large as 2.6 million litres per day could go undetected. And the diluted bitumen that TransCanada plans to pump through the pipeline is filled with cancer-causing chemicals and sinks to the bottom of waterways.

What: Presentation Day - The Energy East Pipeline: Come Get the Latest Update on its Progress
Where: Fredericton Convention Centre, 670 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB
When: March 17, 2015
Time: 8:00am-9:00am

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