Published on : Apr 13, 2015
A social action organization of Canada has been against the Energy East pipeline as they feel that this project will put Winnipeg's drinking water supply at a great risk. As per the sources, the TransCanada's has stated that the 4,600-kilometre pipeline will be transporting around 1.1-million barrels of crude every day starting from the Alberta oilsands east up to refineries based in New Brunswick and Quebec.
This project would also include repurposing a 40 year old natural gas pipeline which would run right next to the Shoal Lake that is based along on the border of Manitoba-Ontario and will provide drinking water to the Manitoba's capital. The Council of Canadians and Maude Barlow feel that there will be a rupture in this pipeline and it can also contaminate the fresh water of Shoal Lake. Owing to which, Barlow further added that they are very much concerned about the proposal given by the Energy East pipeline.
TransCanada's record till date on ruptures and explosions has not been very good. It is considered as the worst of all the other energy companies based in Canada. Moreover, they are saying there won't be any leak or an explosion in the pipeline but due to the records we cannot believe them. Barlow and her rest of the group met with the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, who has a land where the proposed pipeline of TransCanada's will be crossing.
The preliminary discussions were held in between the members of the TransCanada Corp., First Nation, and the Winnipeg city who has gathered a working group which will evaluate the risk involved. Chief Erwin Redsky of Shoal Lake No. 40 stated that as they are quite concerned about this project which will be passing through their city. They understand that this pipe has been in the place from sometime, but now it's a 40-year-old pipe, and they are worried for the oil which be passing through that pipe.