Pipelines for Tar Sands Sludge Planned or Under Construction Across Canada
October 10, 2012
TORONTO – We all want clean drinking water, safe food and pristine nature. But all this is at stake with a slew of tar sands pipelines: British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and the US are the sites of planned and/or approved projects for dirty oil.
- Ontario: Enbridge is re-tooling an existing pipeline called Line 9 to pump toxic tar sludge from Sarnia to Montreal. Cutting right through the GTA, the pipeline poses a risk to Toronto’s streams and Lake Ontario. Learn more.
- British Columbia with its majestic forests and wildlife-rich coasts is threatened by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Learn more about the Northern Gateway pipeline and the Trans Mountain pipeline.
- Alberta, Saskatchewan and US: the Keystone and Keystone XL pipelines pump tar sludge from the Athabasca tar sands to US refineries. Accompanied by a massive land grab from farmers and cattle ranchers, these pipeline projects threaten millenia-old aquifers. Learn more about Keystone XL.
What is at stake? Drinking water for millions of Canadians, farmland and cattle pastures, wildlife habitats and untouched nature are all threatened by the various pipeline projects. Watch the following videos and sign the pledge:
Pipe Dreams: an Oscar-shortlisted documentary on the Keystone XL pipeline. Leslie Iwerks sheds light on the dangerous pipeline, interviewing scientists, environmentalists, residents and politicians. Olivia Chow hosted a showing for more than 600 people at the Bloor Cinema – and she is encouraging you to do the same. Show this and/or the following films to your friends, family and neighbours. Order the DVD here.
The Pipedreams Project: three kayakers paddle the proposed shipping route for oil tankers from Kitimat, BC to Vancouver over the course of two months. They come across spectacular nature, muzzled First Nation communities, worried scientists and enraged local residents along the route. Watch the film below or click here.
Enbridge recently presented an animation of its Northern Gateway pipeline project in which all islands between Kitimat and the open sea were simply missing. No wonder the proposed route for hundreds of tankers looked like a cakewalk. But in reality, the narrow straits are one of the most difficult waterways in the world to navigate for ships. In response to the misleading animation, the following clip was put together (click here for the direct link):