Environmentalists stage day of action to protest pipelines

Anti-pipeline protests across Canada are expected Saturday as part of a national day of action on climate change.

100 organizations across country put on events to protest piplines, fracking

Montreal environmentalists stage a fake oil spill at Lafontaine Park. (Sophie Tremblay/CBC)

Anti-pipeline protests across Canada are expected Saturday as part of a national day of action on climate change.

Under the banner “Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities,” environmental organizations are staging events to raise awareness on the environmental impacts of pipelines and oil drilling.

"From Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline to Keystone XL, Kinder Morgan, Line 9 and Energy East to ongoing [oilsands] expansion, there are many decisions looming on pipelines and extreme energy projects all across the country," Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations said in a Defend Our Climate news release.

"If built, these projects will allow the continued polluting of water, threaten communities and treaty rights, and accelerate climate change with significant impacts on all regions across Canada," the release continued.

In Quebec, activities are underway in Montreal, Quebec City and Cacouna (near Rivière-du-Loup, where the St. Lawrence seaway widens) under the tagline "Coule pas chez nous!" to protest the Energy East and Line 9 pipelines, as well as bitumen exploration in the Alberta oilsands. 

Members of Coule pas chez nous! at Lafontaine Park in Montreal speak to people about pipelines and oil drilling. (Sophie Tremblay/CBC)
Montrealers convened at Lafontaine Park to listen to an environmental organization's concerns about pipelines and bitumen exploration. (Sophie Tremblay/CBC)