Public Forum to Address TransCanada Energy Concerns

By Tyler Sutherland

An upcoming public forum and panel discussion will educate Manitobans about the proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline.

The Wilderness Committee, Manitoba Eco-Network and Climate Change Connection, along with The University of Winnipeg, are hosting the forum on Monday, February 23.

The Energy East pipeline will carry oil from the tar sands 400 kilometres across Manitoba. The National Energy Board (NEB) has just begun accepting applications for its public review of the proposal, and citizens have raised many questions and concerns about the benefits and risks associated with the project — particularly the impact it would have on the climate.

The free event runs from 7-9 p.m. in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, 3rd floor, Centennial Hall at the U of W.

Panelists include Wab Kinew, U of W’s associate vice-president of indigenous affairs, Dennis LeNeveu, retired biophysicist and pipeline specialist, James Magnus-Johnston, instructor in political studies and economics at CMU, and Ian Mauro, associate professor in the U of W’s department of geography.