Energy East: Concerned citizens to attend Committee of Whole

Categories: Events
Published on: September 17, 2016

Sustainable North Grenville / 16 September 2016

You are invited to attend a municipal meeting this coming Monday, September 19, 6:30 pm.

We have learned only days ago that NG Mayor David Gordon has committed to sign a letter of support for Energy East at United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Council. This goes against the resolution passed by Council in 2013 to not support the pipeline until concerns were satisfied.

A group of concerned citizens is planning to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting this coming Monday. The purpose is to ask Council to bring us up to date on their plans for Energy East—and to request that NG Mayor and Council make no further expressions of support as agreed in 2013 (see below).

Will you join us? A small group can make a difference. A larger group can make a bigger difference.

Here’s the background:

Three years ago, over 300 North Grenville citizens told North Grenville Council to stop supporting the Energy East pipeline. On their behalf, Sustainable North Grenville (SNG) asked Council to do a full risk assessment, work with other municipalities and to represent our concerns at the National Energy Board (NEB).

Council responded by passing a resolution to not support the pipeline until concerns were satisfied. The Municipality also applied to intervene at NEB: it lacked confidence in the Energy East plan to protect the waters that are so important for recreation, local tourism industries, and the drinking water we all rely on.

One might have thought that we’d been heard… and that our concerns were being looked after. But now we have learned only days ago that NG Mayor David Gordon has committed to sign a letter of support for Energy East at United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Council. In fact, the only municipality to refuse to offer support was Merrickville-Wolford.

Merrickville Mayor Nash’s plan, instead, is to consult with the people of Merrickville-Wolford. (There will be a Public Meeting on Wednesday evening. The following day, County Council meets again to discuss support for Energy East.)

With another County vote for Energy East just days away, we want to ask the Mayor and Council about the commitments they made to us when this all began. This is about process. We want to know how it has been decided that our concerns don’t measure up to the benefits that this pipeline will bring us. And if it hasn’t yet been decided, what is going on at Municipal and County levels of government? We have no feedback from our Municipality’s plan or preparations for intervention at NEB. We’d like to know more.

Please join us on Monday 19 September at the NG Municipal Centre for Committee of the Whole where we will be presenting to Council and asking these questions. This will be our only opportunity to convince Mayor Gordon that he needs to withdraw support for Energy East before the County vote. Let’s remind him about that resolution.

Let’s show him how many people care and that we haven’t forgotten. Tell Council that the Municipality needs to engage the people of North Grenville to understand our concerns and to bring them to NEB, which is supposed to be the ultimate arbiter for our concerns. Only then can the Mayor find out whether support can or should be offered for this project.

If you can’t get out—and even if you can—call or write a message to your Mayor and your Councillors to tell them you are not satisfied with expressions of support for Energy East before the NEB process plays out. You can find their contact information (Mayor and Councillors’ phone and email) at the following link: https://www.northgrenville.ca/govern/governance/mayor-and-council