For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017

Media Advisory/Photo and Interview Opportunities: On Tuesday June 20th, Environmental Defence and Ecology Ottawa will deposit 200 wooden drift cards in the Ottawa River at Pointe Fortune to map the risks from an Energy East oil pipeline spill, spokespeople available

Ottawa, ON – On Tuesday, June 20th, Environmental Defence and Ecology Ottawa will launch a drift card study to map the risks from the proposed Energy East pipeline to the Quebec portion of the Ottawa River and downstream water bodies such as Lac des Deux Montagnes, Lac St. Louis, and the St.Lawrence River. To model the effect of a pipeline oil spill, 200 small wooden cards will be deposited in the Ottawa River at Pointe-Fortune, Quebec near the site of the pipeline crossing. These drift cards have identification numbers and instructions so that when people find them, they can go to a website to enter their location as well as see the locations where other cards were found.

There will be a short presentation before the drift cards are deposited. Local stewardship groups will help place the cards in the river.

WHAT: Interview and photo opportunities on the launch of a drift card study and the placing of drift cards in the Ottawa River.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20th, 11 a.m.

WHERE: The grassy bank between Chemin des Outaouais and the Ottawa River, just below the Carillon Dam, near the north end of Pointe-Fortune

WHO: Dale Marshall, National Program Manager, Environmental Defence – Ottawa

Anthony Garoufalis-Auger, Renewable City Organizer, Ecology Ottawa

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

About ECOLOGY OTTAWA (www.ecologyottawa.ca): Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit, grassroots and volunteer-driven organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. We provide area residents with the information and tools they need to understand local environmental issues and promote environmental leadership.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Allen Braude, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 247; (416) 356-2587 (cell); abraude@environmentaldefence.ca