TransCanada Buys Town’s Silence On Tar Sands Pipeline Proposal For $28KBY EMILY ATKIN JULY 5, 2014 AT 12:51 PM UPDATED: JULY 5, 2014 AT 12:52 PM 3,805Share This 429Tweet This “TransCanada Buys Town’s Silence On Tar Sands Pipeline Proposal For $28K” Share: CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCKA small town in Ottawa, Canada will be receiving $28,200 from energy company TransCanada Corp. in exchange for not commenting on the company’s proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline project, according to an agreement attached to the town council’s meeting agenda on June 23.
In what may be the most stinging criticism against the Northern Gateway project yet, a group of 300 scientists have submitted an open letter to the Prime Minister Harper urging him to reject a recent federal review recommending the passage of the oil sands pipeline.Its signed on by a whos who of Canadas scientific establishment, Canada Research chairs, PhD candidates, as well as researchers as far away as Oxford, Stanford and Harvard.They state that the scientific basis of a recent Joint Review Panel report, which recommended in December that Enbridges $7 billion pipeline be approved, was “deeply flawed” and “biased.”“They excluded all kinds of really important evidence by constraining their analysis to a very broad take on the benefits, and a very narrow take on the costs,” said Dr. Kai Chan, an associate professor with UBCs Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and a Canada Research Chair.“The public looks to these supposedly independent panels for an independent, objective review of the science and economics of the projects. They are supposed to be rigourous – they spent millions of dollars.””But it was a highly legalized process. A lot of science that people assume is critical to the decision, is either being excluded or being considered in a highly flawed or biased way,” said Chan.Northern Gateways 1,177km pipeline would pump 525,000 barrels of Alberta oil sands bitumen per day, on to 220 super tankers annually in Kitimat, on B.C.s northwest coast. The ships would traverse the Douglas Channel, bound for Asia and California refineries.The fuels would be burned by consumers worldwide.