Several Mount Allison students say they’re disappointed that Sackville town council may not vote tonight to oppose the $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline.
Councillor Bill Evans circulated a draft motion earlier this month calling on the federal government to “protect the health and safety of our communities by denying approval for the Energy East pipeline.”
It now appears that a majority of councillors aren’t willing to support such a motion without hearing first from the backers of the pipeline. (Deputy Mayor Joyce O’Neil suggested hearing from “the other side” at council’s last meeting on December 5th.)
“The Energy East pipeline will lead to a 40 per cent increase in tar sands production directly contributing to climate change, which as we all know here in Sackville, contributes directly to increased storm surge and more frequent flooding,” student spokesman Will Balser told council on November 7th.
But today, in an e-mail to Warktimes, the students said they agree with Bill Evans that it may be better not to move the motion tonight rather than have it defeated by a majority of councillors.
The students, who are enrolled in an environmental activism course, say they may ask to make another presentation in the new year.
“This way we could come back to council with more facts and stronger arguments to get them to vote against the pipeline,” their e-mail says.
For his part, Councillor Evans says he’s received information from Energy East that may have also been sent to his colleagues on council.
He says the material talks about jobs and energy self-sufficiency, but does not address the crucial issue of climate change.
“When you say you haven’t heard from the other side,” Evans adds, “it just means that you’re not aware of the propaganda that’s out there.”