Québec Native Women reacts to the cancellation of the Energy East project
Kahnawake, October 6 2017 – Québec Native Women is greatly pleased with the decision by TransCanada to abandon the Energy East pipeline project. We are especially relieved that this project hasn’t come to fruition, considering that important parts of the project would have been constructed on indigenous territory, near communities and essential bodies of water.
In response to TransCanada, who justify their cancellation of the Energy East project by arguing that the rules imposed by the National Energy Board are too strict, QNW maintains that when it comes to the environment, regulations should not be more lax. The negative impacts of such a project are considerable, not only for First Nations in Québec, but also for the province’s population in general.
Although the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project is excellent news, QNW remains vigilant. Other pipeline projects, such as Kinder Morgan in British Columbia, and the Keystone XL pipeline, are still currently under development. QNW continues to uphold the idea that the development of such projects on indigenous territory entails high risks for the environment and for bodies of water, and cannot be done without the prior consent of First Nations in Canada.
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Julia Couture-Glassco, Communication Officer
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