Jeudi dernier, deux membres du Conseil de la conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) sont venus rencontrer les gens de la région pour faire suite à la session d’information de novembre dernier sur le projet de l’oléoduc Énergie Est.

La soirée s’est concentrée sur l’importance de l’engagement des citoyens dans le processus des audiences publiques de l’Office national de l’énergie sur le projet proposé par TransCanada PipeLines Limited.

l’ONÉ ne doit pas ignorer notre région et nous souhaitons qu’elle y vienne pour tenir des audiences publiques, car les préoccupations pour notre région face à ce projet sont grandes.

Si vous êtes propriétaire d’un lot, d’un chalet, d’une sucrerie, un utilisateur des cours d’eau et des forêts pour la pêche, la chasse, la cueillette de fougère ou de petits fruits, ça vous concerne!

Si vous êtes entrepreneur dans l’industrie du tourisme, la restauration, le domaine hôtelier, l’agriculture ou forestier, ça vous concerne!

Comme individu ou un entrepreneur, la qualité de l’eau potable est primordiale.

Nous avons tous le droit de faire entendre nos inquiétudes et nos questions. C’est pour cela que nous vous encourageons à faire une demande de participation aux audiences.

Le lien suivant vous permettra de mieux comprendre les étapes que l’on doit remplir pour être entendus par l’Office national de l’énergie. La complexité de leur processus peut nous décourager de vouloir y participer, mais nous devons prendre les 20 à 30 minutes pour faire cette application.

Le CCNB a développé un outil pour assister les citoyens du N.-B. pour compléter la demande de participation en tant que particulier ou organisme au processus complexe de l’ONÉ qui se termine le 2 mars 2015.

Le guide est au lien suivant: http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fr/guide-pour-remplir-une-demande-de-participation/

Si vous êtes intéressée à faire cette application, nous proposons de tenir une soirée « Application à l’ONÉ ». Vous avez simplement à m’écrire et nous allons se donner un rendez-vous pour compléter l’application ensemble.

Pour en savoir plus sur les critères de participation, vous pouvez consulter le lien suivant: Des http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fr/info-dates-importantes-annoncees-au-sujet-denergie-est/
Slogging through the National Energy Board’s process can feel about as thick and gooped-up as the bitumen that TransCanada is proposing to push through its Energy East pipeline. The Conservation Council has put together a Step by Step Guide for getting through the application process to have a say on the proposed Energy East oil pipeline. 

New Brunswickers who will be affected by this project and those with specialized knowledge about how the oil pipeline could affect our lands, drinking water, rivers, the Bay of Fundy, Right Whale, public health and safety have a say in this process. However, you must apply and describe in fewer than 500 words how you will be directly affected or what specialized knowledge that you have in order for the National Energy Board to accept a letter from you or hear comments from you at a hearing in the future. More information here.

Join or host an application party! In Fredericton, the Conservation Council, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter and 350.org are hosting an application party on Monday, Feb. 16 at 6:00pm at Conserver House, 180 Saint John St. There will be pizza!


The deadline to apply to participate is March 3, 2015. Apply to the NEB today!

If you have any questions, contact us. We can walk you through it.
Check out this letter campaign on the hearings for the Energy East pipeline - organized by Leadnow, Council of Canadians and 350.org.

Canada’s National Energy Board is about to review TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline to send toxic tar sands bitumen from Alberta to Saint John – and your help is needed to make sure the government can’t use a sham review process to pass this pipeline.

Energy East would become the biggest pipeline in North America. It would carry 1.1 million barrels of toxic bitumen to the coast every day, threaten communities and waterways in 6 provinces, and pump 32 million tonnes of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every year – that’s more than the total emissions from some provinces.

The rules have been changed so that the National Energy Board hearings exclude climate impacts and many community groups from across Canada. This letter writing campaign calls on the new chair of the National Energy Board, Peter Watson, to choose: either include climate impacts and community voices in his review, or lose all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian people.

Click here to sign a letter. Help stop their plan to use a sham review process to pass the Energy East pipeline.
CCNB Action needs your help to distribute our “Vote for Our Forest” cards. The cards, available in English or French, include 4 questions that you can ask the candidates seeking election in the next provincial election on Sept. 22. The cards can also be displayed in your window or door to show your support for our forest.

To get copies of the cards, email Tracy at forest@ccnbaction.ca.
To view the English card, click here.
Groups and First Nations in five provinces demand a stop oil and gas activities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Oceans’ Week starts with call for Gulf-wide moratorium and arms-length review panel

Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, June 9, 2014
– Fishermen, environmentalists, First Nations, and others kicked off International Oceans’ Week with a demand to the federal, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick and Quebec governments to immediately place a moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence. They followed up with a call for an independent Gulf-wide review panel with thorough public consultations on whether offshore oil and gas activities should ever be allowed to proceed in the Gulf.

“Since time immemorial, the waters and shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence have been used and occupied by the Innu to the north and the Mi'gmaq to the south, for purposes including fishing, hunting, and travel. Because of these facts, we have rights that are recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and that the federal and provincial governments are obliged to consult and accommodate us in order to avoid any irreparable harm to the exercise of our rights” declared Troy Jerome on behalf of the Innu-Mi'gmaq Alliance for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“Today, the St. Lawrence Coalition is publishing a report on the issue of oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which highlights the fact that the conditions are not in place to allow such activities in this precious and fragile ecosystem. Consequently, a Gulf-wide moratorium seems essential” added Jean-Patrick Toussaint from the St. Lawrence Coalition. “The Gulf is one of the last standing places on earth where no offshore oil/gas activities are underway. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to protect this beautiful ecosystem and try to restore its ecological integrity” concluded Toussaint.

The Gulf of St. Lawrence shores draw millions of visitors a year to the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park and that of the Magdalen Islands; the majestic vistas of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail; iconic symbols like Rocher Percé in Gaspé, and the spectacular fjords of western Newfoundland. Fisheries like lobster, eel, and snow crab support thousands of families in all five provinces. Endangered blue whales, bluefin tuna, belugas, the remaining northern cod and many other valued species feed, spawn, mate, and rear young in the waters of the Gulf. All could be at risk from oil and gas exploration and exploitation.

“As recently reported in the May issue of National Geographic, the Gulf is still a bountiful, diverse ecosystem, teeming with life. It could remain so if only we took the time and effort to better understand its complexities, and see it as a whole instead of artificially dividing it into provincial jurisdictions” said Ellie Reddin from the PEI Chapter of Save Our Seas and Shores. “The offshore oil industry already has access to 85% of Canada’s east coast waters. Enough is enough. We must declare a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas activities" concluded Reddin.

“Marine resources have been under various pressures, such as industrial pollution, acidification, hypoxia and climate change over the past decades. Our fishing efforts have been greatly affected and we have been forced to adapt to this reality. Fishermen and fishing associations have made tremendous efforts to sustain this renewable resource and therefore we are saying no to opening the gulf to the oil/gas industry, which would undoubtedly add yet another pressure to this sensitive ecosystem” said Greg Egilsson, Chairman of the Gulf Nova Scotia Herring Federation.

The groups also insist that a review panel and thorough public consultations on this important issue be held across the five provinces to consult with the communities and First Nations about the future of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“Every year, thousands of residents and visitors to the surrounding communities spend over one billion dollars on recreational and tourism activities focused on the natural and cultural heritage of the Gulf and its scenic shores. Are we willing to risk such national treasures for unproven revenues that aren’t sustainable? That is why it is of utmost importance to us that all communities around the Gulf be consulted on what is a stake here…their future” said John Jacobs from Nature Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We must keep in mind that the proposed oil exploration in the Gulf is not happening in a vacuum” commented Matthew Abbott, Marine Program Coordinator with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. “Canada’s Atlantic coastal waters already face significant stress from climate change, especially due to temperature increases and ocean acidification not to mention existing tanker traffic, offshore drilling in other areas, and a host of other threats. In order to foster resilient ecosystems and maintain critical habitats it is essential that relatively intact regions like the Gulf be left to flourish” concluded Abbott.

The groups are also calling into action communities and citizens from all around the Gulf Provinces and across Canada to ask the federal and provincial governments to establish a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas activities, as well as an independent, arms-length review panel on this issue.

Sign up onto the call to action at: http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/gulf

Download the St. Lawrence Coalition report at: http://bit.ly/1nT5eMT

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