New York State Turns Down Enbridge’s Fracked Gas Pipeline. Ontario Should Too

“It’s time for Ontario to take a page from the New York playbook and make it clear that a new gas supply pipeline through southern Ontario is going nowhere, permanently.”

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A Call-Out from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, a non-profit citizens advocacy group for a clean environment

Posted May 20th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

New York State is giving Ontario a lesson in weighing the costs and benefits of new natural gas infrastructure.

The State just refused to approve a new fracked gas pipeline stating “New York is not prepared to sacrifice the State’s water quality for a project that is not only environmentally harmful but also unnecessary to meet New York’s energy needs.”

The exact same statement could be made about Enbridge’s proposal to build a new fracked gas pipeline through Hamilton, Ontario.

Cutting through environmentally sensitive wetland areas, this pipeline would have serious local impacts while also not being needed – Ontario can far more cost-effectively meet its needs with increased energy efficiency efforts, as New York is doing.

New York State Andrew Cuomo’s government has said ‘NO’ to Enbridge’s fracking pipeline. What will Ontario’s Ford government do?

The New York government noted that the proposed pipeline was not compatible with the state’s climate objectives. Enbridge’s Hamilton pipeline, meanwhile, will help fuel a 400% increase in greenhouse gas pollution from Ontario gas plants, blowing away the province’s climate targets.

The good news is that due to the uncertainties created by the COVID crisis, Enbridge’s application to the Ontario Energy Board has now been suspended (at the company’s request).

We are hopeful that the company will use this pause to rethink its plans and see that what we don’t need is another gas pipeline, and what we do need are deeper energy efficiency efforts.

* It’s time for Ontario to take a page from the New York playbook and make it clear that a new gas supply pipeline through southern Ontario is going nowhere, permanently. *

Enbridge president and CEO Al Monaco. This character and his bunch have had their fun. Enough, already. People like this are now doing little more than lowering their drawers and dumping on our children’s future. Let’s see whose side Ontario’s Premier is on. (P.S. this cutline was produced by Doug Draper so please don’t blame the good people from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. They have more class than I do.

*Sign our petitions *to oppose the pipeline by clicking on – <http://cleanair.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php?tid=dOZW4PO0ylWBO1Yu+doTCbr+iT2j+WEDus4itkRrNY7v5ReiPte7ILLcsuTIbS6T> and to phase out gas plants in Ontario <http://cleanair.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php?tid=7wIoPLXE0fmVRzdyJLcEQLr+iT2j+fEDus4itkRrNY7v5ReiPte7ILLcsuTIbS6T>
*Also please write to Enbridge President Al Monaco* by clicking on – (al.monaco@enbridge.com <mailto:al.monaco@enbridge.com> and cc: angela@cleanairalliance.org) and encourage him to shelve the Hamilton fracked gas pipeline permanently.

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Angela Bischoff, Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

About the Ontario Clean Air Alliance – About the Ontario Clean Air Alliance – The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of over 90 organizations that represent more than six million Ontarians.   We led the successful campaign to phase-out Ontario’s five dirty coal-fired power plants.   We are now working to move Ontario towards a 100% renewable electricity future through an integrated combination of energy conservation and efficiency, water power imports from Quebec and cost-effective Made-in-Ontario green energy.

For more information on the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and its citizen advocacy work, click on – http://www.cleanairalliance.org/ .

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