Stop Energy East tour set for Cornwall stop

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - The time for local residents to pipe up about TransCanada's proposed $12-billion Energy East pipeline is this Monday.

Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians energy and climate justice campaigner.

The Council of Canadians ‘Our Risk – Their Reward’ Energy East tour of six Ontario communities will be making its final stop in the Seaway City on April 28.

Susan Towndrow, member of local eco-advocacy group Transition Cornwall+, says the proposed pipeline would be a step back to the city's industrial past.

"It gave us a reputation as an area of high pollution. We're just crawling out of that, and now were facing the prospect of having the largest oil pipeline in North America pumping 1.1 million barrels of oil every day in our area," said Towndrow.

TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project would convert a 40-year-old natural gas pipeline from Saskatchewan to Ontario, connecting it with new pipeline through Quebec and on to Saint John, New Brunswick.

The tour is taking place at the same time as Ontario Energy Board consultations on the implications of the Energy East pipeline for the province.

"They represent a voice for Canadians," said Towndrow. "There are vested interests when it comes to this pipeline. They're going to have unbiased information."

Featured speakers are Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians national chairperson, Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians energy and climate justice campaigner, and Sabrina Bowman, Environmental Defence climate campaigner coordinator.

Harden-Donahue wrote on the Council of Canadians official website on Tuesday that the proposed Iroquois pumping station just outside of Cornwall is where TransCanada intends on building new pipeline, attached to their existing, converted natural gas pipeline. The new pipeline runs close to the St. Lawrence River, the source of Cornwall’s drinking water.

Lee Theodore, 2013 Operation Red Nose chair, will MC the event.

The event starts at 7 p.m., and takes place at the Social, Conference and Event Centre, 130 Sydney Street.

Organizations: Energy East

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario

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