The Green Party of Ontario is against two proposed oil pipeline projects. Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner says the project would transport tar sands oil through two old pipelines.
One is Trans Canada’s east coast pipeline, which runs through North Bay; the other is Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 pipeline. Schreiner says there is a major concern transporting newer heavier oil through older pipelines. He says “we have seen with these spills in the U.S. that these spills are much harder to clean up and much more expensive to clean up, and we shouldn’t be using old technology to ship tar sands oil in Ontario.” Schreiner says there is already a sufficient amount of oil coming into Ontario refineries. He says they should look into other areas of energy rather than expanding the tar sands. He says “let’s stick with the existing amount of oil coming in, and let’s start investing where the puck is going and that’s in renewable energy, low carbon infrastructure and alternatives to oil and gas.” Schreiner says examples are electric vehicles and public transit. He says he will be making a submission to the Natural Energy Board to raise the parties concerns over the impacts to the economy and health of Ontario. Schreiner says if British Columbia’s Premier can oppose the pipelines out west, then Ontario’s Premier should do the same here.