Ontario and Quebec can create green jobs and avoid dirty oil
MONTREAL and TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Conservationists celebrated news
that Enbridge will shelve its controversial "Trailbreaker" project to reverse
the flow of oil in the Montreal-Sarnia pipeline in order to bring tar sands
oil to and through Montreal for export. Groups see this decision as an
"This is a great opportunity," said Steven Guilbeault, Deputy Executive
Director of Equiterre. "Ontario and Québec spend tens of billions of dollars
each year to secure a piece of the increasingly unstable supply of an energy
commodity whose long-term price projection is skyrocketing. We must start
making the transition away from fossil fuels and pursue aggressive energy
security policies that are both sustainable, make sense economically, create
green jobs at home while fighting climate change."
The Trailbreaker project would have brought tar sands oil to Quebec for
the first time and ultimately made Ontario almost entirely dependent on tar
sands oil by cutting off access to sources of oil other than Alberta.
"Ontarians just dodged a bullet with the shelving of this project," said
Matt Price, Project Manager with Environmental Defence. "Trailbreaker would
take away Ontarians choice of oil - it would be dirty oil from the tar sands
and nothing else."
The Enbridge announcement comes just as a new report on Trailbreaker is
being released: Freedom from Dirty Oil: Ontario's Tar Sands Decision. The
report highlights how Ontario can save billions on oil and create jobs by
investing in urban infill, transit, vehicle efficiency and low carbon fuels,
and avoid dependency on tar sands oil.
"The federal government has allowed the tar sands to become the most
destructive project on Earth," said Gillian McEachern, Senior Energy
Campaigner with ForestEthics. "Unless aggressive action is taken on the tar
sands we will be on guard to oppose Trailbreaker again should it resurface."
The new report Freedom from Dirty Oil is available at
www.environmentaldefence.ca and www.forestethics.org
For further information:
For further information: Marie-Eve Roy, Equiterre, (514) 522-2000 Ext.
232; Matt Price, Environmental Defence, (647) 328-5631; Gillian McEachern,
ForestEthics, (416) 938-6032