Environmental Defence, the legal group headed by recent Rachel Notley hire Tim Gray, has launched an attack campaign to block Energy East, the pipeline that would take Alberta oil to refineries on the east coast, offsetting millions of barrels of imported OPEC oil and employing thousands of Canadians.
Environmental Defence is making outlandish claims about Energy East. It’s a real beauty and if it were true, it would prove one of the arguments anti’s use against pipeline projects, dead wrong.
The director of communications for Environmental Defence, Tim Ehlich, tweeted:
“In case you missed it, Energy East would increase oil tanker traffic along the east coast by 500%”
He then links to a National Observer article.
500%? Let's fact check this.
According to Transport Canada, there are 4,000 inbound tankers on the east coast and Quebec every year. At a 500% increase, Environmental Defence thinks that there will now be 20,000 oil tankers on the east coast because of one pipeline? Crazy.
But if we pretend that they’re correct, we can destroy the left’s claims that pipelines don’t create jobs. Imagine how many more port personnel they would need in St John to handle that increase? A 500% increase in port personnel? Sounds good to me. Imagine what a boost that would be to a city suffering 8.4% unemployment like St. John, New Brunswick?
Environmental Defence can't keep their stories straight. On one hand they say pipelines don't create jobs, on the other hand they accidentally say pipelines will create too many port jobs, so which one is it?
Rachel Notley hired Tim Gray from the OPEC loving Environmental Defence to draft reality based energy policy when reality and Environmental Defence are strangers.
We’re in a world of trouble.