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
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