SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce and the Alberta Chambers of Commerce are launching a national letter-writing campaign together in support of the proposed Energy East pipeline project.
The organizations say the campaign will provide an efficient and effective way for citizens, not just chamber members, across Canada to express their support for Energy East. Supporters can find a pre-scripted letter and email links to their local Members of Parliament on the Saint John Chamber’s website.
“Our members have told us loud and clear that they support decreasing our dependence on foreign oil and adding billions of dollars back into our own economy to be invested where most needed – right here in Canada,” said Dick Daigle, chair of the Saint John Chamber in a release. “We are at a pivotal point on this matter and to achieve our goal we need the support of our entire community to help keep the momentum moving forward.”
The proposed Energy East Pipeline would move about 1.1 million barrels of Canadian oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada including the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John. With the National Energy Board hearings for the project now starting again from square one, Saint John Chamber of Commerce CEO David Duplisea said the letter writing campaign aims to keep the support going.
“We cannot allow this project to lose momentum due to inactivity,” said Duplisea. “We must keep a project of this significance top-of-mind and show government that Canadians want this project to move forward.”