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In 2013, TransCanada announced they intended to build North America’s biggest tar sands pipeline, Energy East. The proposed $12 billion project would run from Alberta to New-Brunswick, sending 130 million litres of oil a day through the city of Ottawa, crossing the Rideau River.

Within days, over 1,000 people signed our petition to say no to this pipeline. Since then, thousands of people joined us at events across the city and over 7000 have signed the petition to demonstrate their opposition.

Why Energy East is a bad idea

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The proposed pipeline path through Ottawa.

At Ecology Ottawa, we’ve worked for years with thousands of residents to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. All that work is threatened by the proposed Energy East pipeline.

If there were even a single spill, it could devastate aquifers, poison our city’s water supplies, shut down the Rideau River all the way downtown, even affect the health of our city’s residents.

Even if a spill never happened, we know this project is meant to allow the Alberta Tar Sands to expand. This means more greenhouse gases, and more climate change impacts and goes against any efforts to address climate issues. That’s a certainty.

This pipeline is bad for our city and bad for our climate. We say no to tar sands passing through Ottawa.

Help us keep the 613 Tar Free! 



  1. Rally for the Rideau River | Green Living Ottawa - September 28, 2013

    […] can find out more from them at https://ecologyottawa.ca/campaigns/tar-free-613/. There’s also a petition on their website at […]

  2. uOttawa Environmental Law Students’ Association Shoreline Cleanup | environmental law students' association - October 5, 2013

    […] happened on the eve of the Rally for the Rideau River – Keep 613 Tar Sands Free. Organized by Ecology Ottawa, the rally sought to bring awareness to and voice concern about the proposal by TransCanada to […]

  3. Jody Williams visits Ottawa to talk Women, Oil and Climate Change – Nobel Women's Initiative - November 8, 2013

    […] Williams and the Nobel Women’s Initiative also joined  the #TarFree613  campaign in visiting sites along the route of the proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline. TransCanada is […]

  4. Social Media Campaign Wins Colorado Fracking Bans - November 13, 2013

    […] way of focusing your mind. That’s what happened to us over the summer, when TransCanada Pipeline proposed a diluted bitumen pipeline under the river where we walk our dog every morning. (Memo to TransCanada: You’re not fouling […]

  5. Energy East Pipeline and Defend Our Climate in Ottawa | Green Living Ottawa - November 15, 2013

    […] pipeline offers few benefits and far too many risks. One group, Ecology Ottawa, is using its Tar Free 613 campaign to raise awareness about the pipeline and its implications for our health and […]

  6. Day 8: Meet Tinda Sebe-Sikaneta, Canada – Nobel Women's Initiative - December 2, 2013

    […] To learn more about Energy East and to take action by signing a petition, visit Tar Free 613. […]

  7. Nobel Prize Winner Visits the Proposed Energy East Pipeline in Ottawa | Kathleen Black - December 4, 2013

    […] video I made for Ecology Ottawa and the Nobel Women’s Initiative about TransCanada’s proposed Energy East tar sands […]

  8. Your gas price goes up when the pipeline goes east | Why No Line 9 - January 7, 2014

    […] Learn more regarding Ecology Ottawa’s Tar Free 613 campaign […]

  9. Pipelines and People | Green Living Ottawa - March 30, 2014

    […] can find links to additional suggested actions at Ecology Ottawa’s Tar Free 613 site and on the Council of Canadians’ Energy East […]

  10. What can you do to fight climate change? The Countdown: #2 Stop Tarsands Pipelines | Ecology Ottawa - April 6, 2014

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  11. Our Risk- Their Reward tour. | Rural Widdifield Ratepayers Association - May 3, 2014

    […] a local iconic cinema – the Mayfair Theatre. I was MC and the discussion featured Graham Saul of Ecology Ottawa alongside Eriel (see photo above) and […]

  12. Rolly Montpellier ~ Our Risk, Their Reward - May 17, 2014

    […] In 2013 when TransCanada first announced its Energy East pipeline project, opposition to the project began immediately. Within days, thousands of people signed petitions and joined forces to block yet another pipeline development. Within months, hundreds of events were planned and dozens of organizations and groups joined in efforts to demonstrate the growing tide of opposition. Ecology Ottawa has spearheaded #TarFree613: […]

  13. Thanks and info from June 19: Indigenous Resistance and Solidarity | Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa - www.ipsmo.org - June 20, 2014

    […] Ecology Ottawa http://www.ecologyottawa.ca http://www.ecologyottawa.ca/campaigns/tar-free-613 […]

  14. Time for New Energy Thinking | Green Living Ottawa - June 30, 2014

    […] Ecology Ottawa and the Council of Canadians are among the organizations that are speaking out about the proposed TransCanada oil pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick (through Ottawa). By facilitating tar sands expansion, the Energy East project would exacerbate environmental degradation and climate change. Ecology Ottawa is hosting a meeting about the pipeline  and what can be done on Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr.).  Ecology Ottawa’s website has further information on the proposed pipeline, why it’s an issue and what people can do to help. […]

  15. Report back: Rideau-Rockcliffe Stop the Pipeline Info Session | Ecology Ottawa - September 17, 2014

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  16. Inspiring Change Through Music | Green Living Ottawa - October 18, 2014

    […] background on the proposed Energy East pipeline and information on actions people can take, see Ecology Ottawa or the Council of […]

  17. Energy East pipeline’s risk, rewards debated in Kemptville – Canada Times - November 19, 2014

    […] Ecology Ottawa’s ‘Tar Free 613′ website […]

  18. Energy East pipeline’s risk, rewards debated in Kemptville | - November 19, 2014

    […] Ecology Ottawa’s ‘Tar Free 613′ website […]

  19. Be Heard on the Energy East Pipeline | Green Living Ottawa - January 19, 2015

    […] Ottawa has more information on its website, including a guide to Energy East, proposals on what the City of Ottawa can do and an analysis of […]

  20. Water, Water, Everywhere | Green Living Ottawa - March 22, 2015

    […] more about the proposed Energy East pipeline through Ottawa and the risks to water from oil spills and from expanding tar sands […]

  21. Ecology Ottawa applauds local musicians refusing to play for oil and pipelines: Community crowdfunding will soon send TransCanada packing | Ecology Ottawa - May 3, 2015

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  22. STOP “Energy East” July Stittsville Meeting | Ecology Ottawa - July 3, 2015

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  23. The Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal opposes Energy East | Ecology Ottawa - January 21, 2016

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  24. La Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal s’oppose à Énergie-Est | Écologie Ottawa - February 7, 2016

    […] savoir plus sur notre campagne de TarFree613 (613SansBitume) ici: https://ecologyottawa.ca/tar-free-613/ […]

  25. Press Release: Ecology Ottawa calls on Ottawa Chamber of Commerce to cancel pipeline event on eve of Earth Day | Ecology Ottawa - March 31, 2016

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  26. The New Kinder Morgan Pipeline Has Been Approved but the Fight Is Not Over | Ecology Ottawa - May 19, 2016

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  27. Conversations about pipelines at Bytown Day; a volunteer’s experience | Ecology Ottawa - August 8, 2016

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

  28. The Summer of Consultations: Ottawa and the Theatre of Listening | Ecology Ottawa - August 29, 2016

    […] Tar Free 613 […]

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