• Le 4 juin 2015

    Pour diffusion immédiate

    Lancement de l’Éco-bottin du N-B en l’honneur de la Journée mondiale de l’environnement

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    Moncton – À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’environnement, le Réseau environnemental du Nouveau-Brunswick (RENB) lance l’Éco-bottin, un bottin consultable en ligne regroupant plus de 80 groupes environnementaux sans but lucratif du Nouveau-Brunswick.

    « L’Éco-bottin est un « Qui est qui » des enjeux environnementaux au Nouveau-Brunswick. Ce bottin permet à la population de toute la province de se connecter avec les groupes environnementaux de leur région, » déclare Raïssa Marks, directrice générale du RENB. « Nous lançons ce bottin durant la Journée mondiale de l’environnement pour inviter tous les Néobrunswickois à faire un pas en avant et à joindre un groupe de leur région. »

    On peut trouver des groupes environnementaux fondés dans leurs collectivités partout dans la province. Ces groupes travaillent fort pour protéger et restaurer l’environnement, et pour former la population, mais aussi pour avoir du plaisir dans la nature et partager cette joie. « On peut retrouver huit clubs affiliés à Nature NB dans la province, » fait remarquer Vanessa Roy-MacDougall de Nature NB, un groupe membre du réseau environnemental, » et l’Éco-bottin va aider la population à s’engager avec nous. »

    « L’Éco-bottin va se révéler très utiles pour les jeunes comme moi qui s’intéressent aux enjeux environnementaux, » ajoute Chloé Mélanson de Vertige, un groupe environnemental d’élèves de l’école secondaire Mathieu-Martin. « Ce sera maintenant tellement facile de trouver un groupe pour faire du bénévolat et participer à ses activités.

    « L’Éco-bottin va aider les individus à s’impliquer davantage dans les enjeux environnementaux, et ce dans leur collectivité locale, » souligne Amanda Marlin de EOS Éco-Énergie de la région de Tantramar. « Quels que soient leurs intérêts environnementaux et quel que soit l’endroit où ils se trouvent, les Néobrunswickois sont maintenant capables de trouver un groupe qui leur convient. »

    « Il est surprenant de trouver plus de 80 groupes environnementaux fondés dans leur collectivité dans une petite province comme la nôtre. À mon avis, c’est parce que nous sommes essentiellement une province rurale et les gens y développent des liens profonds avec la terre et leur collectivité; ils veulent tous les préserver et les protéger. Pour le RENB, appuyer ce mouvement pour préserver et protéger la nature est l’essence de notre mission, » précise Marks. « L’Éco-bottin va fournir un lien significatif. Quel enjeu vous tient à cœur? Utiliser l’Éco-bottin pour trouver d’autres personnes qui pensent comme vous. »

    L’Éco-bottin est consultable par nom d’organisation ou acronyme, par enjeu environnemental abordé, par localité et par étendue géographique et langue de service. Pour chacun des groupes, on retrouve des renseignements pour les contacter, ainsi que leurs buts, leurs activités et les services qu’ils offrent au public. On retrouve l’Éco-bottin au http://db.nben.ca/fr/.

    Le Réseau environnemental du Nouveau-Brunswick, fondé en 1991, est un réseau de communication composé d’organisations à but non lucratif et en environnement au Nouveau-Brunswick. Sa mission est d’encourager et faciliter le maillage et la communication entre les groupes membres afin de faire avancer leurs efforts de protection de la Terre et de promouvoir des modes de vie écologiquement sains et renforcer le mouvement écologique au Nouveau-Brunswick.

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    Contact:
    Raissa Marks, Réseau environnemental du Nouveau-Brunswick, bureau : 506-855-4144, cellulaire : 506-588-2980
  • On March 30, 2015, New Brunswick citizens representing a wide range of sectors met in Fredericton to develop ideas and discuss opportunities for forest management options in New Brunswick. The report from that conference is now available online.

    The event was organized in response to concerns about potential biodiversity loss under the Forest Management Strategy that was announced in March 2014. Simply put, the goal of the conference was to identify opportunities, solutions, and next steps and to provide these to the government.

    During the day, the level of expertise and know-how about both the forest economy and biodiversity was impressive, for its depth and its breadth. The highlight of the day was the Round Table, a panel of experts who raised key questions and generated new ideas. Throughout the course of the day participants contributed to expert ideas and it was exciting to see fresh thinking get posted on the wall! Throughout the course of the day opportunities were identified in three key areas:

    • protecting forest biodiversity in NB;
    • improving the economic approach to forests; and
    • modernizing public policy for Crown lands.



    The event was hosted by the Biodiversity Collaborative Steering Committee. Thank you to all the presenters, participants and those who volunteered on site during the day. 

    Click here to read the report.


  • Le 30 mars 2015, des citoyennes et des citoyens du Nouveau-Brunswick représentant une vaste gamme de secteurs se sont rencontrés à Fredericton afin de développer des idées et discuter des options de gestion forestière au Nouveau-Brunswick. Le rapport de cette conférence est maintenant disponible en ligne.

    Cet évènement a été suscité par la préoccupation largement répandue concernant la perte de biodiversité sous la Stratégie de gestion forestière annoncée en mars 2014. En bref, les buts de cette conférence étaient d’identifier les occasions, les solutions et les prochaines étapes à suivre et de les présenter au gouvernement.

    Le niveau d’expertise et de connaissances de l’économie forestière et de la biodiversité a été impressionnant par sa profondeur et sa portée. Le point saillant de la journée a été la table-ronde, un groupe d’experts qui a soulevé des questions clés et qui a généré de nouvelles idées. Au courant de la journée, les participants ont également contribué au développement de ces idées et il était excitant de voir de nouvelles réflexions affichées sur le mur! Les occasions ont été identifiées au sein de trois thèmes clés :

    ·          La protection de la biodiversité forestière au NB;

    ·          L’amélioration de l’approche économique des forêts;

    ·          La modernisation des politiques publiques pour les forêts de la Couronne.

    L’évènement était organisé par le comité directeur du Collectif pour la biodiversité. Merci à tous les présentateurs, aux participants et à ceux qui se sont portés bénévoles sur place au courant de la journée.

    Cliquez ici pour lire le report.



  • Today until Jan. 19 we are putting the vote to you! We visited five beautiful places in New Brunswick as part of our #MyNatureNB photo and storytelling contest, now we need your help to choose your favourite!!

    Visit http://www.naturenb.ca/mynaturenb-photo-and-storytelling-c…/ and vote for the video/photo/story you like the best. You can vote once per day!!This project was funded by the Government of Canada*****************
    D’aujourd’hui jusqu’au 19 janvier nous vous demandons de voter! Nous avons visité cinq endroits magnifiques au Nouveau-Brunswick comme partie de notre concours de photos et d’histoires #MaNatureNB, et nous avons maintenant besoin de votre aide afin de choisir le lieu gagnant!Visitez http://www.naturenb.ca/manaturenb-concours/ et votez pour le vidéo/ la photo /l’histoire que vous préférez. Vous pouvez voter une fois par jour !!Ce projet a été financé par le Gouvernement du Canada.


  • At the height of the harvest season and just in time for Thanksgiving, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick is releasing its new, free BuyLocalNB™ smartphone app!

    Our user-friendly app helps you find delicious and wholesome locally-grown meats and alternatives, fruits, vegetables, grain products and more — all grown or produced right here in New Brunswick! 

    Looking to prepare a local-infused Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings this year? Use the BuyLocalNB™ to source your ingredients within minutes.

    But it’s not just for local food! Looking for furniture with that authentic, hand-carved feel? Or are you on the look-out for a thoughtful gift idea, like the perfect hand-made artisanal craft? Maybe you want environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies or soaps? The BuyLocalNB™ directory has it all, and our new smartphone app puts everything right at your fingertips.

    We also want to help you experience the local food economy through our smartphone app. Use the ‘Visit a Farm’ feature to find a local producer near you — maybe a sugar shack, apple orchard or dairy farm — and arrange a first-hand look at what they do to provide our families with fresh, wholesome, local products. You’ll also find the dozens of farmers markets and local markets adding life and vibrancy to our communities.

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    The BuyLocalNB™ initiative launched at the Conservation Council in 2009. In 2011, we developed an online local food directory that became and instant favourite of local foodies, with chefs and retailers using our directory to source their products and ingredients.

    We revamped our online food directory last fall, adding a user-friendly searchable database of local growers, producers and retailers.

    Today, the online directory and complementary smarthphone app feature more than 280 local farmers, craftspeople and businesses, with more becoming listed each day!

    The BuyLocalNB™ app is currently available as an Android download. It will be available in iOS soon. (Are you an iOS user who is anxious to try out our new app? Check out the directory at buylocalnb.ca for a preview of what the app can do!)

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    Why should you shop local with our new BuyLocalNB™ app?  Easy! Supporting local food: 
    •   Supports the provincial economy and the family farm;
    •   Keeps N.B. money in N.B. communities by circulating our food dollars locally;
    •   Protects the environment by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation;
    •   Strengthens our communities by letting New Brunswickers get to know their local farmers and learn about where their food comes from; and
    •   Proactively increases our public health by providing better access to healthy nutritious food
    Get the new BuyLocalNB™ smarthphone app to download local food to your table today!
  • Branchez-vous, faites des vagues, organisé par le RENB, est un défi provincial qui encourage les groupes de jeunes et communautaires à travailler ensemble et entreprendre des projets de nettoyages de rives et de plantation d’arbres. Afin de promouvoir la conservation dans la province, les jeunes ont également pris part à un défi photo!

    Ensemble, les groupes ont planté 1254 arbres et nettoyé 20 hectares de rivages !

    Même si le défi 2016 s’est terminé le 21 octobre, vous pouvez toujours voter! 

    Votez pour votre défi préféré en cliquant sur le site web du défi. Créez un compte Disqus pour pouvoir voter pour vos défis préférés en sélectionnant (^). La période de vote se termine le 18 novembre. 

    Merci d’appuyer les efforts de conservation des jeunes et des communautés!
  • Conservation Council announces 2013 eco-heroes

     

    For Immediate Release

    April 22, 2013

    http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/conservation-council-announces-2013-eco-heroes/

     

    Fredericton – The Conservation Council of New Brunswick will present its annual Milton F. Gregg Conservation Awards in Fredericton on Saturday, April 27th.

     

    The award for lifetime achievement will be presented to Alma Brooks, a Maliseet grandmother and long-time activist for the Wulustuk River, also known as the Saint John River.

     

    Charles Theriault who uses the power of film to engage New Brunswickers on the threats facing our forest and people will receive the award for environmental activism.

    The Taymouth Community Association will be recognized for their organization's work over 10 years since they purchased the community school and transformed it into a centre of community capacity building, local economic initiatives and social cohesiveness.

     

    The recipients will be honoured on the evening of Saturday, April 27th at the Conservation Council's annual fundraiser and awards nights. This year, CCNB is excited to announce an Eco-Soirée with popular Acadian indie-folk trio, Les Hay Babies. The special event will be held at Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, beginning at 7:30pm.

     

    The Gregg Conservation Award winners are selected by CCNB's Board of Directors from nominations submitted by their membership. The Milton F. Gregg Conservation Awards have been presented annually by the Conservation Council since 1981.

     

    Tickets to the event are available for purchase online, at Conserver House (180 Saint John St, Fredericton), Westminster Books, True Food Organics or by emailing forest@conservationcouncil.ca.

     

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    Contact: Celine Delacroix, Executive Director, 506 458-8747

  • FREDERICTON — On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Donald Arseneault, Minister of Energy and Mines, released the draft regulation to allow small-scale renewable energy generation projects in New Brunswick.

    The regulation is available online for 30 days of public input.

    Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, issued the following statement:

    “I’m pleased to see the Minister release this new regulation, following so closely on the heels of the Premier’s announcement of new strong targets to reduce carbon pollution from N.B. sources. Providing the means and the market for renewable energy projects here at home is a welcomed and sensible action.

    I encourage the leaders in environmental and renewable industries and local champions of projects that protect their communities to take a look at this package and submit their comments.”

    The regulation sets out explicit policies devoted to the task of making sure N.B. gets at least 40 per cent of its electricity from clean renewable sources.

    It sets out the criteria for co-ops, First Nations, non-profit groups and local communities to put on their thinking caps about how they can lead the charge to reduce carbon pollution by installing solar, wind, and tidal technologies.

    The regulation also requires NB Power to report its progress every year from now to 2020 in a transparent and public manner.

    Over the past five years, solar-module costs have dropped by 73 per cent. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, there are 2.5 million people working in solar PV jobs worldwide. In Canada, the number of people working in the renewable energy industry rose by 37 per cent between 2009 and 2013, and the sector now employs more Canadians than the oil sands in Alberta.

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    For more information or to arrange an interview, contact: Jon MacNeill, Communications Officer | 458-8747 | 261-1353 | jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca


  • PRESS RELEASE

    CCNB’s Fundy Baykeeper applauds restart of Energy East Pipeline Review and calls for a reform of the NEB before the review moves forward

    The Conservation Council of New Brunswick’s Fundy Baykeeper applauds the National Energy Board’s decision on Friday to restart the Energy East review process.

    “This is an important decision, but not an unexpected one,” said Fundy Baykeeper Matt Abbott. “Given the questions of bias hanging over all decisions made by the last National Energy Board panel, the only way to move forward was to void all the past panel members’ decisions.”

    The ruling was made following  the filing of a Notice of Motion with the NEB on Jan 10 by Ecojustice lawyers representing Transition Initiative Kenora (TIK) calling for the Energy East proceedings to be declared void as a consequence of reasonable apprehension of bias.  Read the Motion here.

    The project’s 2016 hearings were suspended late last August, after complaints were filed against two NEB board members – Jacques Gauthier and Lyne Mercier– who met privately with former Quebec premier Jean Charest while he was being paid as a consultant to TransCanada Corp. The review panel recused itself shortly afterwards, prompting demands that the review process be restarted.

    All decisions made by the previous panel members are void and will be removed from the official hearing record. Those who’ve already applied to participate need not reapply, but essentially everything re-starts.

    Abbott says that this decision won’t fix the NEB process regarding Energy East. The current process was put in place by the Harper Government and has been roundly criticized by many.

    “The Energy East review should be delayed until a modernized review process is in place. Given the problems with NEB that the Energy East review has brought into focus, it is clear that we cannot have confidence in the NEB as it is currently constituted,” said Abbott.

    “In uncertain, stressful times, it is good to know that a massive, dangerous, project like Energy East does not loom as close as it appeared to a few short months ago.”

    According the NEB media release issued this morning, previous decisions that have been voided include:

    • Determination that the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications are complete;
    • Decision to review the Energy East and Eastern Mainline applications via a single hearing;
    • List of Participants and any subsequent individual rulings on participation;
    • Lists of Issues and factors to be included in the environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012; and Hearing Order.
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    To arrange an interview contact: Matt Abbott at 506-321-0429

    The Fundy Baykeeper works for the Conservation Council to defend the public’s right to a healthy Bay of Fundy. Matt uses a  well-marked boat to patrol the Fundy coastline from Alma to St. Stephen. The Fundy Baykeeper is also part of the international Waterkeeper Alliance.

    For more information on how the proposed Energy East pipeline would affect the Bay of Fundy, read the National Resource Defense Council’s report on tanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy: Sensitive Marine Ecosystems Threatened by Energy East’s ‘Aquatic Pipeline.’

    For a full list of New Brunswick waterways at risk from Energy East, check out our interactive map.

    For more information on the risks of Energy East to the communities of the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine, read the Conservation Council’s report: Tanker Traffic and Tar Balls: What TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Means for the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine.

    For more on the Energy East pipeline, check out:

  • MEDIA RELEASE

    Conservation Council welcomes investments to protect
    health of people and ecosystem at Parlee Beach

    Fredericton, May 5, 2017 — Today, the provincial government announced infrastructure investments and restrictions on new development specific to the Parlee Beach area. Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, issued the following statement.

    “Today’s announcement is an important step to protect the health of our treasured Parlee Beach ecosystem and the families who swim and play there.

    These investments, coupled with better impact assessment for new developments, including campgrounds, should speed up the repair of this valued beach ecosystem. Better sewage treatment, combined with smart education programs, will reduce harmful bacteria that can pollute our coast and jeopardize human health. Keeping our bays and beaches clean always pays off for our coastal economies.

    Pollution from near shore developments on the Northumberland Strait, like campgrounds and roads,  won’t be solved by today’s announcement. The Conservation Council encourages the Minister of Environment to move the coastal zone protection policy from being a paper document to a regulation under the Clean Water Act, and to classify important bay areas to protect their health, like they currently do in Maine. Putting in place a comprehensive land use policy and much wider wetland and salt marsh buffer zones for the entire Northumberland Strait region would further safeguard public and environmental health.

    Projects we will monitor closely with respect to Parlee Beach water quality include the cumulative effects assessment and protocols development (which will study the impact of the total pollution going into Shediac Bay, not just pollution from individual projects), and an independent ground survey of local wetlands to improve our understanding of their size and the ecological services these critical spaces provide.”

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    Background

    In April, the Conservation Council welcomed the provincial government’s decision to use Health Canada’s technical and science-based guidelines for beach water safety at Parlee Beach. The protocol includes daily water quality testing, seven days a week, with all monitoring results and public health advisories posted online for easy public access.

    The province announced rules for notifying the public about water quality test results after it was revealed that high levels of fecal contamination in the water at Parlee Beach, including E. coli, went unreported for the past three summers.

    Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) is bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick and can cause kidney failure, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia. When we discover E. coli in water, it usually has come from sewage runoffs, and animal faecal matter. That’s why health officials all over the world carefully monitor E. Coli and its different strains.

    Health Canada has set safe limits for E. Coli in drinking water and E. coli in recreational waters. The number of faecal bacteria considered unsafe for recreational swimming varies depending on whether the bacteria is found in freshwater or saltwater. If tests find more than an average of 35 for every 100 millilitres (just a wee bit less than 1/2 cup), it is declared unsafe for all and the beach is closed.

    To arrange an interview, contact:

    Jon MacNeill
    Communications Director
    Conservation Council of New Brunswick
    506-458-8747 | 506-238-3539
    jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca

  • For countless generations, people in New Brunswick have cherished the wildlife and beauty of their natural surroundings. We have adopted many deeply rooted outdoor traditions that take us to the rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, and coastlines of our beautiful province in all seasons of the year. Help protect the wild places that you love so that your family, children, and grandchildren will be able to enjoy them forever.

    Over 95% of New Brunswick is currently unprotected and open to exploitation that could harm wildlife and damage the natural beauty of our province, and we need to act now to change that.
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    Pendant des générations, les Néo-Brunswickois ont établi des traditions profondément ancrées et des communautés fortes qui prospèrent parmi les rivières, les forêts, les lacs et créatures vivantes qui composent notre belle province. Aidez à protéger les milieux naturels et sauvages que vous aimez afin que votre famille, vos enfants et vos petits-enfants puissent en profiter pour toujours.

    Plus de 95 % du Nouveau-Brunswick n'est actuellement pas protégé et nous devons agir maintenant pour changer cela.

    Le Canada s’est engagé à conserver 17 % des terres et des eaux douces d'ici 2020 lors de l’Union internationale. En tant que canadiens, nous avons la responsabilité partagée de tenir le gouvernement responsable de l'atteinte de cet objectif.
  • Have you visited the Fundy Biosphere Reserve's Amazing Places? 



  • Édition spéciale du NB Naturalist bientôt disponible!


    Nous sommes heureux de vous informer que nous publions un numéro spécial de notre magazine, le NB Naturalist, sur la Nature, la Biodiversité et les Changements Climatiques. Le magazine est gratuit et prêt à être envoyé par la poste d'ici la fin du mois de novembre.  Nous aimerions le rendre disponible dans toute la province, veuillez nous faire savoir si vous êtes intéressés à contribuer à la distribution dans votre région. L'édition est entièrement traduite. Veuillez remplir le formulaire ici : https://goo.gl/forms/IdGVeuUJQOwBqj8o2.Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter: 506-459-4209

     

     

     

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  • Falls Brook Centre as you know is a registered charity and demonstration centre, committed to finding and promoting practical solutions to today's sustainability challenges. We are dedicated to the goals of inspiring people to work together using environmentally sound practices to create thriving local communities. What does this look like? Highlighting local economies, renewable energy options, and economically and ecologically sound land management techniques that work on the quarter-acre to 5,000 acre scales. On the ground, this is all about education aimed at all ages and addresses. If this sounds like something you could be a part of, I encourage you to visit our website and social media pages and consider becoming a Board member to make a real difference in the lives of New Brunswickers.

    http://fallsbrookcentre.ca/wp/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/

  • Fim Screenings
    The Conservation Council is hosting a pair of film screenings with award-winning independent filmmaker Neal Livingston on June 12 and June 13, including the 40th anniversary screening of Budworks, a film about the controversial, decades-long budworm spraying program in New Brunswick that was featured in Rachel Carson’s seminal book, Silent Spring.

    Watch Budworks (1978 – 35 minutes) with filmmaker Neal Livingston at Conserver House (180 St. John St., Fredericton) on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

    The next night (Wednesday, June 13), Livingston will screen his latest film, 100 Short Stories (2016 – 68:30 minutes), an inspiring film about the struggle against gas fracking and renewable energy in Cape Breton, at Conserver House at 7 p.m.

    Admission to each film is by donation. Livingston will be on hand for discussion following each film.

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    Budworks takes an in-depth look at the politics and environmental decision-making surrounding New Brunswick’s controversial aerial insecticide spraying program which began in the 1950s and ran for decades, and how spraying was stopped in Cape Breton with the lead activist being a young activist Elizabeth May.  An important part of New Brunswick’s history, the film explores the role of government and community activists, and examines the economic and health impacts of aerial insecticide spraying. It was featured in “What’s Happening?”— a weekly series of new films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1978.

    100 Short Stories
     is a first-person account of the years-long struggle to develop Black River Wind’s renewable energy project while the community of Inverness County worked to stop oil and gas drilling and fracking on Cape Breton Island. With a focus on eco-activism and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada, the film explores energy policy, governance and regional culture in Nova Scotia. Premiering in Halifax in 2016, the film has received wide recognition, including the 2017 Energy Award at Cinema Verde in Gainesville, Florida, and presentations at the Planet in Focus Festival 2016 in Toronto, and the Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary in Turkey 2017.

    Neal Livingston has been making films for more than 40 years. He lives in the Mabou Inverness area on Cape Breton Island, where he also makes art, runs a renewable energy business, is an active woodlot owner and runs a commercial maple syrup farm.

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  • How do you stop a pipeline when one family owns both the oil and the media?

    By: Lynaya Astephen, member of Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association, read the original here

    Pipeline opponent’s op-ed rejected by Irving-owned newspaper in New Brunswick

    Editors’ note: Saint John’s Telegraph-Journal refused to publish this op-ed, written by a local resident to explain why over 700 people gathered on the shores of the Bay of Fundy this past Saturday to oppose Energy East, TransCanada’s proposed 1.1 million barrel per day pipeline. Like nearly all print media in the province of New Brunswick, the Telegraph-Journal is owned by the Irving family, whose company, Irving Oil, has partnered with TransCanada to build a maritime export terminal for the proposed Energy East pipeline.

    I am a proud resident of Red Head, Saint John, a small rural community with quiet roads and beautiful coastal views.

    TransCanada is proposing a 1.1 million barrel per day pipeline from Alberta to Saint John. After travelling almost the entire length of the country, it would end at a new deep water port on the Bay of Fundy. The Energy East project also includes a massive tank “farm” to store the oil that would be loaded onto waiting ships — across the street from my home.

    Why do I oppose Energy East?

    I’m worried about the air we breathe.

    Saint John is highly industrialized, and residents are already exposed to increased health risks from air pollution, not to mention the oil smells near Irving’s new rail facility. We have, among other industries, Irving Oil’s export terminal and the Canaport LNG terminal. We have 38 times the industrial pollution of Fredericton and 243 times that of Moncton. A recent study found lung cancer rates 30 per cent higher in Saint John than in either of these communities. The health experts I’ve spoken to say that existing regulations for air pollution as inadequate. Yet TransCanada says air pollution from Energy East would not be significant.

    I’m worried about the prospect of a spill or fire at the tank storage farm.

    The deputy fire chief in Burnaby, B.C., has issued a scathing report on the risks presented by a similar oil tank storage facility on the West Coast. The chief warned that a fire at the expanded tank farm could create a “nightmare scenario” resulting in a massive urban evacuation.

    I am having trouble trusting TransCanada and Irving Oil. Despite several requests, TransCanada has refused to hold a public meeting with Red Head residents with an open question-and-answer period.

    A recent Reuters investigation of the New Brunswick Department of Energy found that since 2012, Irving’s export terminal has experienced at least 19 accidents classified as “environmental emergencies.” In 2013, Irving received a formal warning for taking more than a day to report a storage tank leak at the Canaport facility.

    According to National Energy Board statistics, TransCanada has had more pipeline ruptures than any other company in Canada. The company’s electronic monitoring equipment won’t even detect a spill that is less than 1.5 per cent of the pipeline’s capacity. This means over 2 million litres can spill before anyone is alerted.

    My concerns don’t stop at the end of my driveway.

    The Energy East project would see 115 oil tankers in the Bay of Fundy — and potentially far more now that the Cacouna, Quebec, port has been cancelled. The endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Bay of Fundy are already vulnerable to ship strikes and low-frequency ship noise, both of which Energy East threatens to worsen. Moving in and out of port for export, Energy East tankers would carry 1 to 2 million barrels of oil each.

    Energy East would ship diluted bitumen from the tar sands. Sticky and heavy, bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands separated from the diluents (chemicals) and sunk in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River during a pipeline spill in 2010.This cost Enbridge more than $1 billion to clean up, yet submerged oil remains on the river bed to this day.

    One federal study found diluted bitumen sunk and formed “tar balls”in marine conditions similar to the Bay of Fundy. A major spill that occurs during loading of the tankers or when the tankers are leaving wouldn’t just threaten whales. It could be a serious blow for all ocean-dependent economies and jobs.

    A draft federal report accessed through freedom of information admits that not enough is known about the potential toxic effects of tar sands crude in our waterways. Energy East passes through or comes near more than 300 waterways, including at least six of the St. John River’s main tributaries.

    I want to do my part in helping protect future generations.

    The Energy East pipeline would create more climate pollution than any single Atlantic province.

    A recent scientific reportsays 85 per cent of Canada’s tar sands need to stay in the ground if we are to avoid the worst of climate change. Industry wants to double production by 2030 and will pursue both pipeline and rail expansion to export their product. Filling the Energy East pipeline would allow a close to 40 per cent increase in tar sands production.

    We can do better. This export pipeline puts so much at risk for such short-term benefit. There is much more at stake than profit.
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    CCNB available for comment on new report calling on federal government 
    to phase-out coal powered electricity generation by 2030

    What: Dr. Louise Comeau, the Conservation Council’s Director of Climate Change and Energy Solutions, will be available to respond to questions about a new report, Out with the coal, in with the new: National benefits of an accelerated phase-out of coal-fired power. The report will be released in Ottawa by the Pembina Institute in collaboration with CCNB and other health and environmental groups. The report assesses the potential health and climate change benefits from phasing coal out of electricity production by 2030.

    When: Monday, November 21, 2016, 11 am. Atlantic

    Who: Dr. Louise Comeau Director of Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

    Where: Conservation Council of New Brunswick, 180 St. John St., Fredericton, NB

    Why: Burning coal to generate electricity contributes to air pollution affecting human health, as well as climate change through high levels of greenhouse gases per MWh of electricity produced. There is a global movement away from coal to secure health and climate protection benefits. We are asking the federal Government to announce an accelerated coal phase-out in the lead up to First Ministers meeting in Ottawa December 9, 2016.

    Contacts:Louise Comeau, louise.comeau@conservationcouncil.ca506 238 0355
    Barb MacKinnon, New Brunswick Lung Association, barb.mackinnon@nb.lung.ca506 455 8961
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