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Sierra Club Canada - Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy (Re: C-38)

May 31, 2012

Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy

Re: Bill C-38

John Bennett, Executive Director

Sierra Club Canada

Thursday, May 31 201

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UPDATE: #BlackOutSpeakOut Events

Media Release, May 29, 2012

#BlackOutSpeakOut Update

We are just a week away from #BlackOutSpeakOut day (June 4th). I can tell you the campaign momentum is building! The list of participating organizations is over 100 and growing! Maude Barlow just told me The Council of Canadians is also joining the protest. All across the country Canadians are recognizing that silence is not an option in face of the war on nature and democracy.

This week here in Ottawa we have two events:

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Groups slam changes to environmental process

Groups are slamming the federal Conservative government's plan to speed up the environmental review process, suggesting it will become a rubber stamp that won't protect the health and safety of Canadians.

"This is about bulldozing things through over the objection of people or without thinking it through," the Sierra Club's John Bennett told CTV's Power Play.

Streamlining the environmental review process was a key plank in the Tories' first majority government budget, released Thursday.

But Bennett, the executive director of the environment watchdog, said the changes will result in weaker environmental assessments, as well as projects being approved without a full understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts.

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Decision day for Mackenzie pipeline

The National Energy Board will hand down its ruling Thursday on the $16-billion Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline project. [...] Peter Linder with Delta One Capital tells 660News he doubts the pipeline will ever be built. [...] The executive director of Sierra Club Canada agrees. John Bennett says thanks to bleak return prospects, it looks like the environmental movement won't have to worry about the impact the development will have on the northern Canada.

Sierra Club Canada joins with No Tar Sands Oil Network on letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her trip to Canada

Sierra Club Canada joined with the No Tar Sands Oil network group on a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Chair Edward Markey in preparation for their September 2010 trip to Canada. The letter thanks them for their efforts to transition the United States to a clean energy future. It also highlights the importance of stopping the Keystone XL pipeline so as to stop America's increasing addiction to the world's dirtiest oil... so that a clean, just, energy future can be possible.

Governments cool to Mackenzie guidance

Territorial and federal governments have agreed with fewer than a dozen of almost 200 recommendations made by a panel supporting a proposed Mackenzie Arctic pipeline, according to a new report.

The Northwest Territories and Ottawa said Tuesday they agreed with 10 of 115 recommendations made by the joint review panel directly linked with the governments to mitigate social and environmental impacts of the $16.2-billion natural gas project.

The governments rejected outright 28 out of a total 176 recommendations the joint review panel deemed critical to the sustainability of the project.... Read more »

Mackenzie pipeline report gets red light from feds

The controversy surrounding the regulatory process of the Mackenzie gas pipeline continues after Ottawa rejected most of the recommendations in a report on the socio-environmental impact of the massive project.

After half a decade of work, the government-appointed panel issued 176 recommendations, 115 of which were directed at the federal and Northwest Territories government.

Ottawa has accepted 10, accepted the intent of another 77 and refused to accept the balance of the recommendations aimed at government.

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Environmentalists were furious.

“Years of research, public hearings, studies and community engagement is being thrown in the wind,” said Sheila Muxlow, the Sierra Club’s director for the Prairies.

“This is an insult to the effort and expertise that went into the joint review panel over the past five years.”


Environmentalists upset governments reject almost all northern pipeline advice

Environmentalists are angry that Ottawa and the Northwest Territories have rejected almost all the advice in a lengthy and expensive report on the proposed Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline.

The Sierra Club says the decision from the two governments to accept only 10 out of 176 recommendations is an insult to those who worked on the report.

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“Years of research, public hearings, studies and community engagement are being thrown in the wind,” Sheila Muxlow, director of the Sierra Club's Prairie chapter, said in a release Tuesday. “This is an insult to the effort and expertise that went into the Joint Review Panel over the past five years."... Read more »

Governments Brush Aside Mackenzie Valley Recommendations

OTTAWA—The federal and North West Territory governments are disrespecting the Mackenzie Valley Joint Review Panel process by discounting the majority of the recommendations needed to sustainably develop the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, said Sierra Club Canada today. 

Of the 115 recommendations aimed towards the federal and Northwest Territories governments, only 10 of the recommendations were fully accepted in an interim report released Monday.  The federally appointed Joint Review Panel (JRP) developed a total of 176 recommendations to mitigate environmental damage and socio-economic effects of building and operating the proposed 1,200 kilometre natural gas pipeline.
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Mackenzie pipeline in public good: proponents

Proponents of the Mackenzie Valley pipeline gave their final pitches on Monday to the National Energy Board, which must decide whether to approve the $16.2-billion proposed natural gas project in the Northwest Territories.

The NEB, an independent federal agency that regulates part of Canada's energy sector, is hearing final arguments on the pipeline proposal this week in Yellowknife. The board will also hold hearings next week in Inuvik, N.W.T.

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The Sierra Club of Canada wants strict conditions on the natural gas that would flow through the pipeline — specifically on how that gas would be used after it connects with other gas networks in northern Alberta.... Read more »

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