For Immediate Release: November 23, 2010
Campaign Against Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Expands to Enbridge’s Customers in Barrie
Toronto – Today, Environmental Defence, a national environmental organization, brought the campaign against a proposed pipeline by Enbridge to its natural gas customers in Barrie. The pipeline would carry tar sands oil across British Columbia and to Asia via tankers along Canada’s sensitive Pacific coast. Last month, B.C.’s municipalities passed a resolution opposing the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, building on a declaration by several First Nations in March also opposing the proposed pipeline.  
“Enbridge tries to paint itself green in Ontario, but the reality is that it is the largest shipper of tar sands oil on the continent, with plans to expand even more by trampling on the wishes of B.C. First Nations and municipalities,” said Ian Carey of Environmental Defence. “The customer is always right, so now we’re talking directly to Enbridge customers in Barrie, an area where the company has been expanding its business.”
Enbridge wants to be the first company to enable massive supertankers to carry tar sands oil to Asia by building a 1,200 kilometre pipeline from the tar sands to Kitimat, B.C., where the oil will be shipped through pristine and fragile coastal waters. The proposed pipeline would allow tar sands production to expand by 30%, and a spill could devastate the coast for generations.
This week, Environmental Defence will be reaching out to Enbridge customers in Barrie by:
– A mailing to 5,000 homes in Barrie urging Enbridge gas customers to contact the CEO, Patrick Daniel, to stop plans to build the Northern Gateway pipeline
– An ad in the Barrie Examiner with the headline “The biggest cost of Enbridge doesn’t show up on your bill”
– Canvassers going door-to-door asking customers and residents to sign a message to Enbridge
Enbridge Inc. owns Enbridge Gas Distribution, which supplies 1.9 million homes, many within the GTA, with 408 billion cubic feet of natural gas each year.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)