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"The National Energy Board is no place for determining if projects are safe for communities and the environment. Let’s fix this now.” 

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Emma Seamone, Chair of the Atlantic Canada Chapter, was present on Day 1 of the hearings for the Energy East pipeline in Saint John, New Brunswick. Saint John is located at the mouth of the Saint John River, where it meets the tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy. Its original name is Wolastoq (pronounced: Wələstəq), which translates as "beautiful and bountiful river" in the Wolastoq (Maliseet) language.

“Our Atlantic Chapter is committed to switching our energy to renewable energy sources. When Energy East was proposed, and when the powerful Irving family came out to back the project in New Brunswick, we knew we'd have a fight on our hands", said Emma. 

"I live in Saint John and so I know the pollution we already experience from the oil industry. On Day 1 of the hearings I asked TransCanada if they knew about protecting watercourses in New Brunswick. We knew the pipeline would need to cross the Wolastoq River, but they hadn't even provided a detailed map to show where the pipe would cross rivers and streams in our province." 

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Is no longer an environmental assessment authority regarding pipelines

Has plans to decarbonize Canada's energy resources

Respects the rights and authority of Indigenous peoples

In June 2016, the government announced a sweeping review of federal environmental laws including Canada's environmental assessment (EA) law, the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act and the National Energy Board.

This is a unique, once-in-a-generation opportunity for you to help improve the laws that protect our land, air and water and ensure they help Canada address climate change and meet its Paris Agreement commitments.

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She said TransCanada did not seem to know that waterways in New Brunswick are protected with a system designed to classify certain areas needing additional care and protection. "They did not acknowledge traditional territory they were intending to enter, nor the sacredness of water according within Maliseet culture."

As for climate change, the company wasn't required to show how the project could fit into national climate targets, said Emma, never mind how it would impact our ability to meet New Brunswick's climate commitments. 

"I was also fearful that concerns of friends and neighbours in nearby Red Head were not being addressed. Tanks storing pipeline oil for export would be located in Red Head, a community with a single road for access in case of an explosion or fire."

The National Energy Board is no place for determining if projects are safe for communities and the environment. They are definitely not the venue for meeting our obligation to obtain free, prior and informed consent with Indigenous peoples from projects like pipelines. Let’s fix this now.

Works for the people, not industry

Is transparent and accountable

Provides energy information consistent with the Paris agreement

Canadians agree. The process for approving new oil and gas projects has to change.

There's little trust in the current process led by the National Energy Board, which all but guarantees approval for big energy projects. 

That's why, right now, the Canadian government is working to fulfill its promise to fix the NEB and the way energy projects like tar sands pipelines are approved.

We've got a once-in-a-generation chance to make sure the federal government puts laws in place for principled, science-based energy decisions. Let's get it right!