On April 7, almost 200 individuals attended an Ontario Energy Board meeting to discuss concerns about proposed Energy East Pipeline by Enbridge. The Nobel Women’s Initiative was one of the organizations speaking, representing the Laureate’s commitment to climate justice and fighting climate change.
The Ottawa/Stittsville hearing was one several meetings being held across communities that would be affected by the Energy East pipeline in Eastern and Northern Ontario. Speakers and audience members at the hearing resoundingly agreed that the pipeline represented a significant threat to local drinking water and would enable further oil sands expansion.
Liz Bernstein, Executive Director of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, spoke about the devastating effects that tar sands development has had on women and communities in Western Canada. She reflected on the Breaking Ground delegation to Alberta and British Columbia in 2012, where hundreds of women spoke about the adverse health and environmental effects of the tar sands and the subsequent efforts by oil companies to silence their voices and suppress community activism.
The audience also saw a video from Laureate Jody William’s visit to Ottawa in October 2013. Williams spoke with local residents about the serious repercussions the Energy East Pipeline would have on their land, livelihoods and futures, if approved. Williams notes that continued community action and resistance in both Canada and the US is crucial to stopping pipeline expansion.
The hearings saw numerous other speakers express concerns over the proposed pipeline and an estimated 97% of those in attendance were against the Energy East Pipeline.
Read the full Breaking Ground Report here
TransCanada hearings wind down in Ontario, The Globe & Mail, April 8, 2014.