TORONTO, ON – Today, Ontario Premier Wynne rightfully noted the progress Alberta has made to limit tar sands emissions, but didn’t acknowledge that the Energy East pipeline proposal fails to meet any of the reasonable conditions her own government put in place to safeguard Ontario residents.
After an extensive 15 month review and public consultation, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) found that the risks of Energy East outweigh the benefits for Ontario.
The final report to the Ontario Minister of Energy last summer raised red flags over the risk of an oil spill as the pipeline would run along or across hundreds of bodies of water in the province. These findings were similar to the serious concerns raised yesterday by 82 mayors in the Montreal area after their review of Energy East. The OEB’s report also emphasized that any claims about substantial GDP growth and job creation in Ontario from pipeline construction should be viewed critically.
Further conditions set by the Ontario government also remain unfulfilled, in particular the condition that “Proponents and governments consult local communities and fulfill their duty to consult with Aboriginal communities.” Last year, the Chiefs of Ontario deplored that consultation on the Energy East project was inadequate.
We call on Premier Wynne to follow the example of other Canadian leaders: Last week B.C. Premier Christy Clark publically opposed the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposal. Yesterday, all Montreal area mayors stood up for the safety and security of the citizens they represent.
Energy East is not in the best interests of Ontario and does not meet the conditions set out by Premier Wynne. The majority of Ontarians oppose this project. Ontario should not support this project.
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