The Canadian NGO Equiterre has for several years tried and now succeeded in stopping av pipeline for oil from a tar sands oilfield. The pipeline Energy East was proposed by the company TransCanada. On 5 October the company announced that it would cancel the project. The public opposition to the tar sands oil pipeline was an important factor in the decision. An important part of the opposition was in its turn the organisation Equiterre and its project “Packing the Court of Public Opinion: Innovative Outreach for a High Profile Pipeline Hearing” . It has been financed by the Minor Foundation for Major Challenges.
Pipeline Energy East Canada
Grant given: 2016
Grant amount: 770.000 NOK
The Canadian NGO Equiterre has for several years tried and now succeeded in stopping av pipeline for oil from a tar sands oilfield. The pipeline was proposed by the company Energy East. On 5 October the company announced that it would cancel the project. The public opposition to the tar sands oil pipeline was an important factor in the decision. An important part of the opposition was in its turn the organisation Equiterre and its project “Packing the Court of Public Opinion: Innovative Outreach for a High Profile Pipeline Hearing” . It has been financed by the Minor Foundation for Major Challenges through a grant of 770.000 Norwegian Kroner, or about 100.000 USD.
The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges congratulates the Canadian NGO Equiterre with its success in stopping the tar sands oil pipeline, proposed by the company Energy East. The pipeline was to be subject to a massive public hearing, and Equiterre has been preparing for this hearing in many different ways. The aim was to create as much public interest and debate about the consequences of the pipeline as possible. Equiterre wanted to use the hearing as a focal point, not only for the concrete effects of the pipeline itself, but also for the Canadian climate policies and the need to reduce the Greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Untill the pipeline hearings were going to start, Equiterre were going to prepare the public through different initiatives, and then during the hearing they would field a great number of experts and also reports and papers that would support the opposition to the pipeline.
On 5 October 2017 the company Energy East announced that it would cancel the pipeline. This is the official reaction of the NGO Oil Change International on learning about the good news.
Here is the reaction of Equiterre to the good news:
And here is the reaction of another NGO:
Oil Change International reacts to the cancellation of Energy East
Adam Scott, October 5, 2017
Today, TransCanada cancelled its proposed Energy East pipeline project. In response, Adam Scott, Senior Advisor at Oil Change International released the following statement:
“This is an important day in the fight against climate change in Canada. Realizing that Energy East would never would never be allowed if its full climate impact was accounted for, TransCanada has walked away from the project.
“Energy East was a disaster waiting to happen. The pipeline and tanker proposal scheme was utterly incompatible with a world where we avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The project was designed to facilitate massive, long-lived expansion of Canada’s oil production at a time when science shows we must cut carbon pollution rapidly. TransCanada pulled its application for Energy East once the National Energy Board (NEB) ruled that it would consider all greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the project.
“Oil Change International estimates its construction would have created up to an additional 236 million tons of carbon pollution each year, multiplied over decades of operation.
“Energy East was just the latest in a string of ill-conceived tar sands pipeline projects. Like Northern Gateway, Keystone XL, Enbridge’s Line 3, and Kinder Morgan before it, this pipeline generated unprecedented grassroots opposition from Indigenous peoples, and front-line communities across the continent aiming to protect their climate, their water, and their rights. This movement grows stronger every day.
“Canada cannot live up to its obligations to protect our climate if allows new, long-lived, high-carbon infrastructure to be built. Energy East is yet another lesson about how Canada must make decisions on its energy future going forward.
“The fossil fuel era is ending. Energy East is just the latest in a growing list of projects that will never see the light of day. Movements will continue to stand up to projects that we know are not in the best interests of our communities, our climate, and our children. But our governments must also step up to ensure that our transition off of fossil fuels to the safe and renewable energy future is just and managed.”