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Sustainable Eastern Ontario

 

The E-PEN includes selected articles from the current edition of the Peace and Environment News. This edition's highlights:

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The PERC thanks the Community Foundation of Ottawa

and the Ottawa Sustainability Fund for their support

of our Practical Environmentalism: Energy Conservation for Low-Income Populations project

Offered in partnership with EnviroCentre

 

In this issue..

Energy East -- Approach with Caution

Energy East--Approach with Caution

 

by Adrian Larose

 

Pembroke, Renfrew, Morrisburg, Hawkesbury, Alexandria, Laval, Montreal and Quebec City. So many rivers: the Rideau, Ottawa, Madawaska, Red, Assiniboine, Mississippi, St. Lawrence. Plus 11 provincial parks in Ontario alone.

And right near Ottawa, in some of our neighbour's backyards, Kemptville and Stittsville are also on the list.

If TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project gets the green light from the federal government later this year, all of the above environments will have something new in common: Each would be host to a bitumen-filled tar sands pipeline and all the environmental risks such a project entails.

In the Ottawa area, the physical pipeline already sits near Kemptville and Stittsville, where it crosses the Rideau River. However, that 50-some-year-old pipe currently transports natural gas.

TransCanada wishes to convert the existing pipeline so that it would transport heavy bitumen. As local environmental group Ecology Ottawa notes in a recent release, "a pipeline rupture would severely impact well water in the area, as well as the local environment and economy."

About 40 people attended an Ecology Ottawa town hall discussion on the topic, held late July in Stittsville. 

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