Western premiers 'deeply disappointed' in Energy East pipeline's cancellation

Oct 06, 2017, 00:25
Western premiers 'deeply disappointed' in Energy East pipeline's cancellation

In the summer of 2016, the National Energy Board's review of Energy East was compromised after it was revealed by the National Observer that former Quebec Premier Jean Charest met the chairman and two commissioners on the National Energy Board while working for TransCanada.

"I could be at the grocery store, I could be at the coffee shop, and people would constantly stop or say to me "protect our drinking water".

TransCanada Corp. announced Thursday that it would not build its proposed Energy East pipeline, which was created to carry more than one million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to points east.

The Calgary-based company said previously it was suspending its efforts to get regulatory approvals for the mega projects.

"What we are seeing in our numbers now is an evolution of opinion: concerns about climate change have deepened, and belief that the world is going to transition away from oil has grown".

When it was announced in 2013, Energy East was hailed as a nation-building project that would unlock Canadian exports and boost economic growth along its route.

The premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick expressed disappointment over the decision, while the Opposition Conservatives blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government for "disastrous" energy policies that they blame for lost jobs and investment.

TransCanada will also withdraw from a Quebec environmental review, said Girling.

The company put the Energy East project on hold in September, four years after it was first announced.

TransCanada President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling delivered the company's verdict on the project in a statement released Thursday morning.

Environment Minister David Heurtel said TransCanada didn't have much choice but to scrap the project, saying he believes the company realized numerous elements weren't in place successful conclusion of the project.

Notley said although the decision was driven by a broad range of factors, it was an "unfortunate outcome for Canadians".

The vast majority of Canadian crude exports go to the United States, and Energy East would have shipped 1.1 million barrels a day to east coast ports for loading onto tankers destined for higher-priced markets in Europe and Asia.

Larry Tomlinson was looking forward to the construction and operation of a large tank farm, bringing more jobs and wealth into his community east of Regina as part of TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Energy East pipeline.

October 8, 2015: Environmental group Environmental Defence says the National Energy Board is rushing the process for Energy East by gathering oral traditional evidence from aboriginal bands before it has received a complete application.

"Energy East was just the latest in a string of ill-conceived tar sands pipeline projects".

"That said, we do have a position in all other pipeline projects, and no single pipeline will impact our ability to grow", Seetal said.

"As far as we're concerned, the whole criteria around social acceptability of major projects has become more and more important in terms of how we evaluate projects like Energy East and others".

On Thursday, Notley called on the NEB to explain what future project reviews will look like in Canada.

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