This beer kills pipelines
By Rob Hopkins
Posted July 5, 2017
The TransCanada pipeline (called Energy East) is intended to transport oil from the tar sands in Alberta to St. John in New Brunswick, a route of 6,400km across Canada. Once built, 1.1 million barrels of oil are intended to flow through it every day. Every day. In the province of Quebec alone, the pipeline goes over more than 860 different rivers and at one point, goes underneath the St Lawrence River, which is 2km wide. It passes through First Nations peoples’ land. If built, it would be the biggest such project ever built in North America. TransCanada, as you might imagine, say it would be “100% safe”, but as you might also imagine, no-one believes them.
Students, unions, First Nations peoples and many more have come together to resist the pipeline. Marie-Eve Leclerc is one of the citizens involved in Coule Pas Chez Nous (now an organization). One day she gave a talk about the story of the resistance movement and afterwards drank a beer whose label spoke about how it was designed to raise money for endangered species. The idea came to her for a beer that opposed the pipeline, exposed the risks to drinking water, and brought together many of the craft brewers in the province. More…