MONTREAL — Several Ontario cities and more than a dozen environmental groups from Quebec, Ontario and the United States have asked the National Energy Board to expand its review of a proposal to reverse the flow in a pipeline between Montreal and Westover, Ont.
The environmental groups — including Greenpeace, Équiterre, Environmental Defence and the U.S. Natural Resources Defense Council — want the federal agency to look at such issues as pipeline safety and the impact of a spill as part of its review of a $129-million project proposed by Enbridge.
Enbridge wants to reverse the flow in its Line 9B pipeline to ship oil from Western Canada and the U.S. to Montreal. It is also asking the NEB to increase the capacity of the pipeline and to allow it to carry heavy crude oil — diluted bitumen from oilsands operations.
Toronto, Kingston and Hamilton want the NEB to consider whether bitumen is more corrosive than other kinds of oil. They’ve also raised questions about who would pay the costs associated with an accident or spill. Toronto also asked the NEB to consider the accident report from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board into a 2010 spill of bitumen from an Enbridge pipeline in Michigan. More than 3 million litres of bitumen were spilled, and Enbridge has spent more than $800 million on cleanup operations.
In February, the NEB published a list of issues it would consider in its review, including the need for the project, its potential environmental and socio-economic effects and emergency response planning. The NEB said it will “not consider the environmental and socio-economic effects associated with upstream activities, the development of the oilsands, or the downstream use of the oil transported by the pipeline.”
But the environmental groups say the NEB’s review is too limited. They say the agency must also consider the impact of oilsands development on greenhouse-gas emissions, what effect refining bitumen could have on air and water quality in Ontario and Quebec, and the potential impacts of an accident or spill of bitumen on waterways, tourism and outdoor recreation.
“This is a project that aims to expand oilsands operations,” said Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace. “If we don’t talk about that fact, and how it will affect Canada’s ability to reach its greenhouse-gas emissions targets, we’re missing a central part of the evaluation of this pipeline.”
The environmental groups say they believe Enbridge is reviving an abandoned project called Trailbreaker that would have shipped oil from Western Canada through Montreal to Portland, Maine and then on to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
“Canadian tarsands oil has always been destined for U.S. markets, and there are growing concerns from American communities about whether bringing more into the United States is really in the best interest from a climate perspective and a public-safety perspective,” said Danielle Droitsch, a senior attorney with the NRDC.
Enbridge has denied it is reviving Trailbreaker, but officials from the Portland-Montreal Pipelines Ltd., which operates a pipeline between Montreal and Portland, said it is interested in transporting western Canadian crude to the Eastern Seaboard.
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An “Act of Genocide” Indian Residential Schools in Canada & Crimes Against Humanity Concealed – Revealed
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair was appointed the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in June, 2008. Justice Sinclair pointed out that the United Nations’ definition of genocide includes forcibly transferring children of a group to another group based on race.
He argued that in the past, Canada was careful to exclude its residential school policies from being scrutinized under this definition.
“But the reality is that to take children away from their families and place them in another group in society for the purpose of racial indoctrination was and is an act of genocide, and it occurs all around the world.” – Justice Sinclair
“Systemic Racism: Serious Crisis” – Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci
‘Systemic racism’ toward Onkwehon:we (indigenous) people in justice system is outlined in a stinging 2013 report by Former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci.
“I have called it a crisis, a serious crisis. And I am not an alarmist. We are talking about the lives and liberties of people. I don’t know if you can get more of an important issue subject than that.
... If we don’t take hold of this seriously, we are going to, I think be perpetrators, unwittingly, of personal tragedies here.
... We can’t continue to treat First Nations as objects. We have to be partners. I don’t care if it is in the justice system or economic development. " - Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci
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April 11, 2013: U.N. Ambassador in Geneva Admits 3 Human Rights Rapporteurs’ Visits to Canada Were Finally Approved
During Canada’s appearance in Geneva before the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Elissa Golberg, was asked by delegates from Chile why UN Special Rapporteurs had not been granted access to investigate, monitor and assess Canada as their mandates require.
The council was told that the three requests to visit Canada as part of the UN’s monitoring and assessment of international human rights had recently been approved. Finally, Special Rapporteurs who are independent experts appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country’ situation or a specific human rights theme.
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