Early this morning, five Greenpeace Canada activists climbed the Olympic Park tower in Montreal to protest the federal government’s Trans Mountain Pipeline buy-out.
In just a few days, on July 22, the Trudeau government plans to make a final decision on spending $4.5 billion in public money purchasing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, if no other buyer can be found.
This action follows another in Vancouver on July 3, when seven climbers, assisted by five others, hung for over 36 hours under the Ironworkers Memorial bridge, to create an aerial blockade in the path of a tar sands oil tanker leaving the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal.
Why do we want to put an end to this project? Here are five reasons:
There is no safe way today to transport oil. The spill data is clear: pipeline companies Kinder Morgan, Enbridge and TransCanada have had an average of one spill per week in the United States alone since 2010.
2. Drinking water
The risks of spills, leaks and increased tar sands production are a serious threat to vital water resources that communities and wildlife depend on.
Increasing tar sands oil transportation and export capacity means significantly increasing production — but we can’t keep expanding the tar sands if we want a safe, livable climate. The world does not need more oil, it needs more climate leaders.
4. Indigenous rights
The majority of Indigenous communities along the pipeline route did not give their free, prior and informed consent to this project. These rights are protected under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
5. Threatened species
There are only 75 southern resident killer whales left in the world and they live mainly in the North Pacific. A sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic to 400 tankers per year in these waters could force them to extinction.
We cannot let Justin Trudeau risk taxpayers’ money and our future on this pipeline. Scientists are clear: for a livable climate, we need to leave 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Pumping billions of dollars into a pipeline project is a bad investment for the future. Tell Justin Trudeau to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline project now.