Activists with the group Hamilton 350 will take to the streets tomorrow to protest Justin Trudeau’s decision to green light two major export pipelines.
Member Don McLean says the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline in B.C. and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project is very disappointing because it means that Canada will not be able to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets set at the Paris agreement.
“We need two hundred mega-tonnes reduction, Kinder Morgan adds another one hundred and twenty-five to that total and Line 3, another eighty” he laments.
McLean believes these approvals could also prove indicative of the forthcoming National Energy Board decision on Enbridge’s proposal to replace and expand an existing pipeline that runs through Hamilton due to similarities with the approved Line 3.
“It is clearly another effort to export tar sands oil” he said in reference to Line 10.
“It hasn’t been promoted by Enbridge as an export pipeline pipeline,” he adds, “but in fact it goes to the United States and they are tripling the capacity.”
The decision from the National Energy board isn’t expected until early next year according to McLean but he is confident that it will be given the go ahead for construction.
While there has been some discussion federally about a carbon tax and a coal phase out, McLean says its just not enough, especially when it’s being offset by pipelines.
Hamilton 350 will be protesting the outside of the federal building on Bay Street Thursday, December 1st, starting at 4:30 p.m.