Toronto residents demand National Energy Board include climate change in its review of Energy East

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February 3rd (Toronto, ON)—Beginning today and continuing until March 3rd, hundreds of Torontonians will apply to the National Energy Board’s review of the Energy East pipeline, demanding the NEB consider climate change impacts in its process. While the NEB is willing to accept testimony on spills, land use, and economic impact when reviewing pipeline projects, carbon emissions are currently excluded from the board’s mandate. Toronto350.org is organizing application parties, as part of the People’s Climate Intervention, to help people apply to the NEB on the grounds of climate change. More than 650 people have pledged to join the People’s Climate Intervention on Toronto350.org’s website.

“Canadian government institutions are refusing to consider the real climate impact of proposed fossil fuel projects,” said Sam Harrison, a first-year engineering student at the University of Toronto and a volunteer with Toronto350.org.

“Considering the carbon impacts of building the pipeline itself without considering upstream and downstream emissions is like considering the alcohol content of a can of beer, but just the can, and not the beer inside,” said Cam Fenton, the Canadian Tar Sands Organizer with 350.org.

TransCanada’s Energy East is the largest tar sands pipeline proposed to date, and would bring 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen daily from Alberta to the east coast for refinement or export. The production emissions alone associated with the bitumen are estimated to be the same as adding seven million new cars to Canadian roads. In the largest petition delivery in the history of the NEB, 350.org, Leadnow, and other community groups delivered more than 100,000 signatures to the NEB’s head offices in Calgary on Monday demanding climate change be considered in the review of the pipeline.

“Canadians are losing confidence in our government’s review of pipeline projects. The NEB is facing a crisis of social license,” said Katie Krelove, an organizer with Toronto350.org. “The politicians can give the permits, but the people along the pipeline route and across the country aren’t giving their permission.”

Toronto350.org is a grassroots group of dedicated volunteers working to reduce climate destabilization. They are a network affiliate of 350.org—an international environmental group, founded by writer Bill McKibben, which is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. 

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For more information or to schedule an interview:

Katie Krelove: 647-378-3877 | katie@toronto350.org

Sam Harrison: 778-928-492 | samhh14@gmail.com

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