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Environmental Defence releases tar sands video

Toronto-based environmental organization Environmental Defence has released an online video in an effort to raise awareness of the risks attached to the TransCanada Energy East pipeline. The video takes the form of a nature program parody on the subject of "Canada's greatest migratory species," oil from tar sands. The video, called "Great Canadian Migrations," follows the transport of oil from the site of its excavation in Alberta, through a pipeline, to a tanker ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The commentary is accompanied by images of oil spills and pollution. The video will be accompanied by advertising, social media activities and other forms of outreach.

"The tar sands and climate change are no laughing matter, but we hope by using humour to reach a wide audience and raise awareness about the significant risks associated with the Energy East mega-pipeline," said Keith Brooks, clean economy program director at Environmental Defence. "Energy East has many risks, especially to communities along the route, with few benefits for Canadians."

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