Target: Dean Backer, Mayor of Mattawa, Canada
Goal: Get Canadian town to reject bribe from big oil
TransCanada Corporation has made an agreement with the small town of Mattawa in Ontario, Canada to pay them a sum of money in exchange for not publicly commenting on the company’s projects. Among the company’s planned future projects is a massive pipeline project, larger than the Keystone XL pipeline, that will carry huge amounts of oil and pose significant risks for communities living along the pipeline route. Through this agreement, TransCanada is limiting public debate on this significant project.
The Energy East pipeline is awaiting approval and soon after will begin construction. This controversial pipeline would carry about 1.1 million barrels of tar sands across Canada each day, which is more than the Keystone XL pipeline. A report from the Pembina Institute found Energy East would have an even greater impact on the climate than the Keystone XL, with the potential to generate 30 to 32 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. In addition, tar sands production causes significant pollution and wildlife habitat destruction. Communities living near pipelines face health risks from air and water pollution.
Under this deal, Mattawa will receive $28,200 from TransCanada Corporation and in exchange, agree to not publicly comment on the company’s projects for five years. Although the agreement did not specifically mention the controversial Energy East pipeline, the terms of the agreement would certainly apply to this project. The deal will impede public debate on the Energy East pipeline and undeniably presents a way for TransCanada Corporation to avoid the obstacles that public dissent might create for the project. Demand that Mattawa reject TransCanada’s money and allow its citizens to debate the pipeline and other oil development projects that affect their communities.
Dear Mayor Backer,
In a recent agreement with TransCanada Corporation, Mattawa will receive $28,200 in exchange for refraining from publicly commenting on the company’s projects for five years. Among its planned future projects, TransCanada plans to build the Energy East pipeline, a massive pipeline that is bigger and more polluting than the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and will carry tar sands oil across Canada. This pipeline will pose significant risks for communities living along the pipeline route and by making this agreement with TransCanada, you are limiting public debate on this important subject.
This agreement did not specifically mention the Energy East pipeline, however given the magnitude of the project and the company’s struggles to get approval, this agreement undeniably presents a way for TransCanada Corporation to avoid public dissent that might affect the project. By agreeing to be bribed by TransCanada, Mattawa is setting a poor example for other towns in Canada that will face similar obstacles in the future. Do not limit public debate on rightfully controversial oil projects. This petition demands that Mattawa reject the deal with TransCanada and allow its citizens to comment on oil development projects that affect their communities.
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