Don’t Ignore Climate Change Impacts of Pipeline


Target: Peter Watson, head of Canadian National Energy Board (NEB)

Goal: Include climate impacts in review of Energy East Tar Sands Pipeline.

Energy company Transcanada has failed to include climate impacts in the review of their latest oil pipeline, which will pump tar sands across two-thirds of Canada to the Atlantic coast. In anticipation of a National Energy Board review of the pipeline, more than 100,000 messages were hand delivered conveying the popular demand that climate impacts be included in the report. Sign the petition below to add your voice to the growing chorus of dissent that demands climate impacts and indigenous land rights trump pipeline profits.

The Energy East pipeline, if completed, would transport 1.1 million barrels per day of tar sands oil from Alberta to the Atlantic Ocean, crossing 90 watersheds and 961 waterways. Estimated to have the same climate impact as 7 million new cars, the pipeline would be an unnecessary deluge of carbon into a saturated climate already facing a grave diagnosis. The recent pipeline spill in the Yellowstone River validates the concern many Canadians share. Although there is demand for this oil as people act all too slowly to curb their consumption, we must demand moral action at the origin of production to forgo development of these disastrous tar sands.

The pipeline is currently under review by the NEB and Canadians can file applications to intervene in the process. Let’s add this petition to the list of opposition and tell Mr. Watson that a National Energy Board assessment of a pipeline project without a climate impact aspect is needlessly inadequate.


Dear Mr. Watson,

As the head of Canada’s National Energy Board, you must have an abundant knowledge of the Alberta tar sands operational and proposed pipelines to transport the tar sands bitumen for export as well as its above-average carbon emission. Consequently, I am confounded by the absence of a climate impact for the proposed Energy East Pipeline. Surely such a massive project of mineral dilution and transportation will have an appreciable climate impact.

Additionally, I do not think it is an undue extrapolation to include both the increase in extraction of tar sands and the increase in eventual combustion of tar sands products that the Energy East Pipeline will facilitate. It is simultaneously a rejection of the well-known and exorbitant atmospheric damage inherent in tar sands production and an insult to the intelligence of concerned Canadians. Include the climate impacts of the Energy East Pipeline in the upcoming National Energy Board review.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. I may be a resident of the UK but “climate change” affect us all.

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