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Crude Oil Pipeline

Latest Update:

The Ontario Energy Board filed it’s report to the Minister on August 13, 2015 and concluded that the risks of the proposed pipeline outweigh the benefits for Ontarians.  There are many excellent observations and recommendations in the report that, if acted upon by the National Energy Board, will go a long way towards protecting our wells, the environment and our gas supply.  This is a very important first step in a process that will eventually end up with hearings by the National Energy Board and recommendations to the Federal Government.

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Points to Ponder:

 January 22 report and consultation meeting with the Ontario Energy Board, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata

 

Are Richmond Residents Prepared to accept:

  • A potential spill of over 4,000,000 plus liters of oil in the 22 minutes it would take for automated systems to detect and shut down a major pipeline failure … that’s not even the  worst case scenario.
  • Current technology that is unreliable in detection of insidious slow leaks that could poison wells.
  • Our first responders (our volunteer firefighters) being expected to confront a spill with little knowledge of what type of product had spilled.
  • An incomplete application by the applicant being rushed through to the National Energy Board for consideration?
  • The City of Ottawa resting mute on the whole topic when so much is at stake?

  • Even broader questions of how much of this country’s economic and ecological future should be put on the line?

OIL

These are but a few of the strong themes that came out of the Energy Board of Ontario part 2 consultation Jan 22, at the Brookstreet hotel.  Wake up Richmond, this is coming at us fast and we need your input to form a position on this issue.  This issue is as big as they come, perhaps a once in a generation event, and it is vitally important.  The Energy Board of Ontario is doing it’s best to respond to the Minister of Energy and Cabinet on the pipeline question through consultation and the Ontario Government plans to be an intervener before the National Energy Board.  The more input they receive (both pro and con) from citizens, the better prepared they will be to present Ontario’s views.

Ecology Ottawa is well versed on the issues and presented a number of thoughtful documents at the meeting which are highlighted below.  Taken together you will get a good sense of the challenges presented by the pipeline proposal.

All the Ontario Energy Board documents presented at the meeting from their studies and consultations to date may be found at this link and demonstrate just how incomplete this application is, especially the part 2 community discussion documents.

Here is a quick article by Ecology Ottawa reporting on the meeting.

Read this Ecology Ottawa report as a primer on the risks.

Read this Ecology Ottawa report urging the City Of Ottawa to take a stand.

If the Climate Change aspect of the project is your issue read this Ecology Ottawa Report on 9 reasons why Energy East is bad for the climate.

 

The RVA plans to apply to the NEB to participate in the hearing process.  Send us your questions, views, input by emailing the RVA at [email protected]

 

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Energy East – Crude Oil Pipeline

CURRENT UPDATE:  Application has been filed (October30, 2014) with the National Energy Board for consideration of this project.  The application can be located on the NEB website and consists of 30,000 pages.  It is known as Folder 2543426 which may be located by clicking the highlighted link.   General information on the process that will be followed by the NEB is located at this link.  The RVA will make “Application to Participate” in the process.  The NEB will decide if the RVA will be granted status to participate.

KEY DATES:

    • Project application filed: October 30th, 2014
    • The NEB is currently undertaking a preliminary examination to determine if the application is sufficiently complete to start the formal hearing process.
    • The NEB will announce when the “Application To Participate” form becomes available.
    • If the NEB determines that the application is sufficiently complete, it will issue a Hearing Order and a list of participants.
    • The Hearing Order is a key document that outlines how the review will take place, the roles and responsibilities of participants and any associated timelines.
    • From the time the Hearing Order is issued, the NEB has up to 15 months to deliver its recommendation report to the government who then has another 3 months to review the recommendation and make the final decision.

Ensure Issues Important to Richmond residents are heard by the NEB!

Send us your questions, views, input by emailing the RVA at [email protected]

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BACKGROUND:

Few issues are more important to residents of Richmond than protecting our drinking water.  The planned conversion of an existing natural gas pipeline to a pipeline that will carry 1,100,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the aquifer supplying our wells threatens the safety and security of our water supply.  A burst gas line is one thing ( at least it dissipates into the atmosphere) but it is hard to imagine the damage that could result from an oil line rupture.  The pipeline travels underground just west of the Richmond Home Hardware and crosses the Jock River at the Richmond Centennial Golf Course.

The RVA will be monitoring the pipeline project-proposal closely.  We plan to make representations to appropriate authorities insisting that steps be taken to mitigate risks to our local water supply and environment.  Nationally, the project has received early and broad political support within numerous government jurisdictions.  At the same time, opposition is building on a number of fronts.  It is early days in the life of this project, but as we gain more facts we will, without a doubt, need the input and support of residents to have our voice heard.

 

This project and the Provincial Government:

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) came to Stittsville April 7th for a “community  discussion” concerning the proposed Energy East Pipeline.  The OEB has no jurisdiction regarding the pipeline proposal, but the Ontario government wants to develop a position regarding the pipeline. “The  consultation process is meant to provide a forum for Ontario residents to  express their views on the proposed Energy East pipeline. These views will be  reflected in the OEB’s report on the project to the Minister.”

“The Minister asked the OEB [sic] consider the implications of  four areas of potential impact of this proposed pipeline project: the impacts on  Ontario natural gas consumption in terms of prices, reliability and access to  supply; the impacts of pipeline safety and the natural environment; the impacts  on Aboriginal communities in Ontario and how treaty rights may be affected; and  the short and long term economic impacts of the project in  Ontario.”

The meeting was very well attended and a great number of thoughtful positions were put forward by those present.  Most presentations and most people present opposed the pipeline seeing more threats than opportunities in the project.  The RVA made a brief presentation to the OEB seeking their support for an indemnification of private well owners from any damages arising from the pipeline.  The OEB will return to Stittsville in the Fall to talk about what they plan to do with the messages they hear through consultation.  See the link below for more information on the OEB’s website.

The Bare Facts + Links:

The pipeline project proposes to convert one of two existing natural gas lines to transport 1.1 million barrels of western crude oil per day at a cost of $12 billion.  It will involve the conversion of approximately 3000 kilometres of existing pipe and the construction of an additional 1400 kilometres of line through Quebec to Saint John, N.B. feeding refineries along the route.  In Saint John, a new deep water terminal is proposed to permit the shipment of oil to foreign markets. The in-service target date is 2017, assuming all necessary approvals are obtained.

Name:  Energy East Pipeline

Builder:  TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.

Approval Authority:  National Energy Board

Provincial Response:

Ontario Energy Board:  OEB Consultation on Energy East Pipeline Proposal

Selected organizations giving voice to concerns: 

The Council of Canadians

Ecology Ottawa

Water Protection Authority: Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

Well Head Protection:  Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan

 

While not associated directly with the Energy East Pipeline proposal this W5 report  regarding spills on Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline may be of interest