This issue is not only VERY important to the citizens of North Grenville, but to all citizens of eastern Canada. Everyone should be paying very close attention to this issue.
Why, you ask? Here are my thoughts:
– the pipeline that TransCanada Corp plans on using to transport the bitumen is 40 years old and was built to transport natural gas. Bitumen is thick and is required to be diluted with toxic chemicals in order to transport it through a pipeline. How can a pipeline that is 40 years old be safe to transport toxic liquids? Much newer pipelines have already had spills in North America (Keystone, for example) with devastating effects. This pipeline was also built for natural gas, not a highly toxic substance like bitumen. The segment of the pipeline that runs from Winnipeg to Ottawa has, on average, ruptured every ten years carrying natural gas. What will it do when it is carrying something much thicker and heavier? Seriously, how could anyone possibly think that Continue reading