Target: Canadian Parliament
Goal: Ensure regulations for energy corporations in Canada
TransCanada, the energy company behind the Keystone XL pipeline project, is currently planning the construction of a nearly 400-mile-long natural gas pipeline that will be located in northern British Columbia. TransCanada promises that the pipeline, known as the Coastal GasLink project, will transport gas efficiently and profitably and pose few environmental concerns.
While the potential construction of this pipe is in itself a concern (despite what TransCanada claims), what makes the Coastal GasLink even more dangerous is the fact that the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office will not review the project’s s safety before construction begins. No one, besides those at TransCanada, will know how the pipeline will affect the environment.
This is very concerning, as the Coastal GasLink will cross pristine wilderness that is inhabited by hundreds of species, many of them endangered. The wilderness also contains many miles of waterways that connect with reservoirs providing drinking water to residents of British Columbia. If there is an accident associated with the pipeline, numerous problems would arise.
Unfortunately, the scenario surrounding the Coastal GasLink project is not unique in Canada. In the past twenty years, just 162 energy projects have been assessed by the Environmental Assessment Office, and only two have been rejected. The lack of assessment is due to the Canadian parliament’s passage of numerous laws that deregulate corporations. Energy companies like TransCanada can forge ahead on massive projects with very few constraints, posing significant threats to the country’s people and wildlife.
Corporations should not have free reign to endanger Canada’s environment. The Coastal GasLink project, as well as every other potential pipeline, should be carefully reviewed before any construction begins. If a project is too significant a concern for the environment, it should be rejected. Tell the Canadian Parliament to stop valuing profits over the country’s environment and residents, and stop enabling the deregulation of corporations.
Dear Canadian Parliament,
Giving energy corporations free range over Canada’s environment is not beneficial to your country. Energy projects that are not assessed pose significant hazards for Canada’s people and wildlife. For example, if a pipeline’s safety is not reviewed, and that pipeline leaks toxic chemicals into the environment, thousands of lives will be in jeopardy.
Plus, the disaster will cost your government and the companies themselves billions of dollars in clean-up, settlements, and other fines. All of the profits made by side-stepping environmental concerns will be lost.
In the end, requiring energy projects to be reviewed for potential hazards will be advantageous for everyone. Please allow the Environmental Assessment Office to examine all pipelines, refineries, and other projects before construction begins. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]
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