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* 1. I am deeply concerned by TransCanada Corporation’s Energy East proposal to export tar sands oil in converted natural gas pipelines through Northern Ontario.

First, Energy East is not compatible with the urgent need for efforts to hold back accelerating climate change. Investment in new, massive fossil-fuel infrastructure will lock us into growing carbon emissions at a time when we must quickly reduce them. If allowed, Canada will not be able to meet any meaningful climate target. Neither will it allow us to develop new alternative energies.

Secondly, it is not safe. As a natural gas pipeline this TransCanada Mainline has had 13 large explosions since 1992 and at least 64 spillage incidents since 2000. Stress corrosion cracking in an old pipeline will, without doubt, result in more ruptures. The bitumen itself is virtually impossible to clean up, and the diluents which liquefy it are explosive for 24-72 hours after a spill.

Finally, just one pipeline rupture could cause significant and permanent damage to the local economy, the health of our citizens, and to the sensitive ecosystems within the Lake Superior watershed. All of these things far outweigh the perceived benefits. I call on Mayor Hobbs, the Thunder Bay City Council, Chiefs, mayors and councilors across Northwestern Ontario to examine this issue and to take a stand against TransCanada’s Energy East proposal.

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* 2. Would you like us to keep in contact with you about the Energy East pipeline proposal?