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Protest over Energy East pipeline

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Compiled by Shari Narine







First Nations members and other organizations were out in protest at the open forum held in Thunder Bay on April 9 and 10 for the TransCanada Energy East Pipeline proposal. The proposed 4,600-kilometre pipeline is expected to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil daily across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to reach refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick. The pipeline routes will pass through a number of First Nation territories across the provinces. Despite the environmental concerns, TransCanada said the project will create thousands of direct full-time jobs and billions of dollars will contribute to Canada’s economy. The day after the forum, a protest took place with members of the Council of Canadians and First Nation and community allies at the corner of Gore Street and Brown Street near the CN rail oil trains shipping yard.