Can­celling pipe­line will cost jobs: FONOM

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS -

KA­PUSKAS­ING — the Fed­er­a­tion of North­ern On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties (FONOM) has ex­pressed dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion to can­cel the pro­posed en­ergy east pipe­line project as an­nounced on Oct. 5 by tran­scanada.

“the pro­posed en­ergy east project, which in­cluded ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 kilo­me­tres of ex­ist­ing pipe­line to be con­verted and 1,500 kilo­me­tres of new pipe­line, would have had sig­nif­i­cant so­cioe­co­nomic ben­e­fits within North­ern On­tario,” ac­cord­ing a re­lease is­sued by Ka­puskas­ing Mayor al spacek, who is the fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent.

“com­mu­ni­ties would have ex­pe­ri­enced job cre­ation as well as eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity through the pur­chase of goods and ser­vices dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment and construction phase and dur­ing the long-term op­er­a­tion of the pipe­line.

“also trou­bling are the neg­a­tive im­pacts to the en­vi­ron­ment as a re­sult of the can­cel­la­tion of the en­ergy east pro­posal. trans­port­ing oil by pipe­line is a much more en­vi­ron­men­tally sound method of trans­porta­tion rather than by rail or truck and there is less risk of a spill. Pipe­lines must ad­here to high en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions and safety stan­dards.

spacek said, “the neg­a­tive im­pact to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will be felt not only in North­ern On­tario but also across canada. canada will be forced to con­tinue to im­port oil from for­eign na­tions, in­clud­ing those that have de­plorable hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

“en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists will claim this as a vic­tory but in fact, this is a se­ri­ous detri­ment to the safety and se­cu­rity of our com­mu­ni­ties. there is no ques­tion when you fac­tor in the neg­a­tive ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment and po­ten­tial for dan­ger­ous spills, ship­ping by rail or truck is sta­tis­ti­cally less safe than by pipe­line.”

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