January 15, 2016 7:53 pm
Updated: January 18, 2016 8:01 am

Saskatonians call for halt in pipeline review process

Members of Climate Justice Saskatoon said the National Energy Board isn't considering the environmental and community impacts of two pipeline projects.

Dayne Winter / Global News

SASKATOON – About 20 people gathered at Friendship Park Friday to speak out against the federal government’s review process for two proposed pipeline projects. Members of Climate Justice Saskatoon said the National Energy Board needs to pause reviews of the Trans-Mountain and Energy East pipelines.

“We wanted to bring attention to this issue today and ask communities to show their support for people who are on the front lines of this issue,” said Climate Justice Saskatoon member Rachel Malena-Chan.

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The group contends that the interests of the fossil fuel industry are considered a higher priority than those of the communities close to the proposed pipelines.

The Energy East pipeline would take oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada. The Trans-Mountain expansion would move oil from Alberta to British Columbia.

“This is a human issue. This isn’t just an environmental issue,” Malena-Chan said.

Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr confirmed in November that the reviews of the two pipeline projects would go ahead, despite the federal government’s pledge to alter the environmental review process of pipeline projects.

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