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NOMA vice president champions pipeline project – Daily Miner

March 31, 2014

Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) vice president Iain Angus came out in support of the TransCanada Pipelines Energy East Project at the Ontario Energy Board public consultation held in Thunder Bay, Wednesday, March 26.

Angus contends shipping oil by pipeline is a far safer method than by rail or truck, noting of the 37 member NOMA municipalities, 28 communities are located immediately adjacent to or are divided by CN and CP rail lines.

“There is a total population of 165,294 who live in our member municipalities directly impacted by rail lines, the number increases when First Nations communities and unincorporated areas are included,” Angus stated in a news release. “We are all aware of the tragic events that occurred in (Lac Megantic) over the last year. As municipal leaders, it is our responsibility to minimize dangers to our residents and moving crude oil underground certainly reduces that risk.”

Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield, who also serves as Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association president, confirmed the association endorses the pipeline proposal.

“We’re supportive of the TransCanada pipeline project. The reality is oil is going to flow and the only question is how are you going to do that; by rail, highway or pipeline,” Canfield said in a telephone interview from Toronto, Friday, March 28 where he was attending an Association of Municipalties of Ontario board of directors meeting. “The pipeline is the way to go. It’s more environmentally friendly than transporting oil by rail or tanker truck.”

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