SAINT JOHN, May 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Hundreds gathered today in the small rural community of Red Head, near Saint John, New Brunswick, to draw a line on the shores of the Bay of Fundy against the Energy East pipeline. While New Brunswick is often considered the centre of support for TransCanada's proposed pipeline, the event brought together people from all over the province, as well as Nova Scotia, Quebec and Maine, concerned about the impacts of the 1.1 million barrel per day pipeline project.
"We live directly below the proposed tank farm, and I cannot help but think of the worst case scenario with a fire or spill," said Joe Mahabee, a Red Head resident. "We know the way gravity works. We are directly in the path and there is only one road out. This project would destroy our peace and serenity."
The local volunteer-run Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association coordinated the family-friendly event. The full day included a colourful march featuring banners listing waterways at risk from an Energy East spill, a smoke ceremony, and a water declaration. Participants linked arms to form a symbolic "line in the sand" and listened to speeches and performances from New Brunswick artists including Jesse Cox.
The Energy East project would see a massive oil storage facility housing 7.8 million barrels across the street from homes in Red Head. TransCanada would also partner with Irving on a new deep sea water port capable of loading at least 115 large tankers a year, exporting oil to places like the U.S., Europe and India.
Ron Tremblay, a member of the Maliseet Grand Council and newly formed Peace and Friendship Alliance said, "We, the members of the Alliance, recognize the Nation-to-Nation Peace and Friendship Treaties as the basis of our common ground, defining our responsibilities to the water and to each other, down through the generations." The Alliance, which presented a water declaration committing to restoring balance in our relationship with water and opposing threats including the Energy East pipeline, brings together non-governmental organizations, residents and Indigenous peoples from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Maine.
The pipeline would further climate pollution and traverse over 300 waterways in New Brunswick transporting diluted bitumen, which presents heightened risks of sinking when spilled.
SOURCE Council for Canadians
Image with caption: "More than 550 people marching in rural Red Head, New Brunswick, #EndOfTheLine for TransCanada's proposed 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline. Local residents joined by people from Atlantic region concerned about a tar sands pipeline or tanker spill, air and climate pollution (CNW Group/Council for Canadians)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150530_C8412_PHOTO_EN_17307.jpg
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