Check out the video clips from our Frontlines Not Pipelines event, in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en land defenders, that took place on January 20, 2020!
The Enbridge fracked gas pipeline across Hamilton is now officially under review by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). Amazingly, in 2020, this ENERGY board shows almost no interest in the climate emergency. Reply to this email if you want to help oppose this pipeline.
You need to immediately urge the Board to fully consider the climatic implications of this pipeline. These should include upstream methane emissions from extracting the gas by fracking, and downstream carbon dioxide emissions from burning of this fossil fuel. You should email your comments to BoardSec@oeb.ca and reference the “2021 Dawn Parkway Expansion Project”. Please write as soon as possible.
You can also point to the ecological damage from clearing the permanent pipeline easement that is the equivalent of an 8-9 lane highway and is entirely within the Greenbelt and across such ecologically significant areas as the Beverly Swamp, Spencer Creek and Bronte Creek. Enbridge estimates this new pipeline will require $120 million in increased gas payments from consumers. It also acknowledges that blasting is required to install the pipe in the bedrock along its route.
You can also urge others to sign the Hamilton 350 petition at https://www.change.org/p/ontario-energy-board-stop-the-enbridge-fracked-gas-pipeline-in-hamilton-ontario.
The Board published a notice on January 8 in the Hamilton Spectator. It invites comments but incredibly it does NOT provide an email address. You can use BoardSec@oeb.ca. You can examine other documents related to this fracked gas pipeline at http://www.rds.oeb.ca/HPECMWebDrawer/Record?q=CaseNumber%3DEB-2019-0159&sortBy=recRegisteredOn-&pageSize=400
The Ontario Clean Air Alliance has issued a two-page fact sheet you can view at https://www.cleanairalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Enbridges-Hamilton-Pipeline-Dec-2019.pdf
Hamilton 350 supports this call to action from the Hamilton chapter of Extinction Rebellion:
A CALL TO ACTION!
Members of Extinction Rebellion Canada, we are all watching government officials and hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en clash over the Coastal GasLink pipeline with outrage and concern. It feels like this is a defining moment in the fight to make meaningful change to the way human beings live on and relate to our land. Oil is not more important than blood. Money is not more important than life. Business as usual is not more important than the future of our children. We need to make it known. We need to send the message that we stand with Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders and demand the RCMP stand down.
Hamilton XR is proposing immediate action. This Thursday and Friday we are asking everyone, across this country to inundate our MPs with our message. Go to their offices, call their phones, email them. Tweet at them. Flood social media with our message. No access without consent. No more colonial violence. Canadians demand change.
Please, join us in our campaign. Spread the word in any and all ways you are able to. Find your MP information here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en
Use the hashtags that have been trending:
We can make noise. We can make it from our phones and computers if not in person. It takes little time and effort, but together we can be loud.