A few days after the announcement of another oil spill from TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline in the U.S., a new report shows that the Energy East pipeline project would threaten major sources of drinking water across Canada—the majority of them in Quebec—not identified in TransCanada’s application to the National Energy Board. Over 5 million people across Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New-Brunswick—and 3,213,353 in Quebec alone—receive their drinking water from sources located near and downstream from the proposed Energy East route.
The study, Energy East: Drinking Water At Risk, reveals the extent of the threat of the pipeline project to drinking water sources across the country. Previous studies warned against the risks of the proposed high-pressure pipeline to water in Canada, but were not supported by such alarming evidence.
This is very troubling for citizens and the project’s opponents, and adds to the concerns raised at the Energy East BAPE hearings, which TransCanada’s representatives have not responded to. What’s more, TransCanada’s worst-case scenarios are unrealistic and have no legal significance.
Click here to read the report.
Click here to read the press release issued on the matter. (French only)