Keith Hobbs is a retired police officer. After 34 years he left the Force and ran for mayor, winning in a landslide. Hobbs is against the Energy East pipeline proposal and has some serious concerns. Most of these concerns are not only from the perspective as mayor of Thunder Bay, but also from his position as the Chair of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities initiative. This initiative includes 114 mayors from Canada and the US and represents over 40 million residents, many of which get their drinking water from the Lakes.
Energy East would not run directly through Thunder Bay but Hobbs is watching the Energy East pipeline and other proposed transportation of fossil fuels past his city with a ‘hawk eye’. His chief concern is where it would cross the Nipigon River.
Another concern for Hobbs in relation to the proposed Energy East pipeline is climate change.
Hobbs is on a growing list of Mayors that are opposed to the Energy East pipeline proposal.