24. January 2017 · Comments Off on Converting gas pipe to tarsands is unproven process · Categories: Climate Crisis, Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Pipelines-Tarsands, Tom Cook

by Tom Cook

First Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the Chronicle Journal

The proposed Energy East pipeline is to carry tarsands bitumen 4,500 kilometres from Alberta to New Brunswick for export. Of this, approximately 3,000 kilometres will be 50- to 60-year-old natural gas pipeline through Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to Cornwall. There will be new sections in Alberta and from Cornwall to New Brunswick.I have several reasons to be concerned with the 3,000-kilometre old section.
First, it’s been buried in the ground since 1954 or so. To me that looks like 60 years. How do we know that it’s not all rusted on the outside? More »

13. January 2017 · Comments Off on Common Voice Northwest out of turn on pipeline · Categories: Activism, Climate Crisis, Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Pipelines-Tarsands, Social Justice, Tom Cook

First Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 in the Chronicle Journal

I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the Jan. 2 article about Common Voice Northwest and their Energy East forums. Who is Common Voice Northwest?
They are a Thunder Bay-based non-profit group which was formed via a collaboration of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) and the regional chambers of commerce. NOMA is an ‘old boys’ network’ of representatives from Northwestern Ontario municipalities to share information and concerns, and to promote business in the area. Their president is Mayor Dave Canfield from Kenora and board member, Coun. Iain Angus from Thunder Bay is executive director of Common Voice Northwest.
Unfortunately, NOMA sometimes makes pronouncements such as support for the Energy Pipeline proposal which has not been supported by either Thunder Bay city council or Kenora city council. Given this situation, I have some concerns about a possible bias in Common Voice Northwest research. More »

05. May 2014 · Comments Off on ELA still struggling · Categories: Activism, Experimental Lakes, Tom Cook

I am writing in response to Barry Beaupre’s letter of April 26 (Will of People Saved ELA).

We are very grateful to note that Mr. Beaupre credited the local Chapter of the Council of Canadians as one of the citizen movements that helped save the Experimental Lakes Area. More »