Statement from Environmental Defence’s Adam Scott on the confirmation that TransCanada will abandon plans for an oil tanker terminal in Cacouna, QC on the St. Lawrence River’s south shore
Toronto, ON – It’s official. By abandoning its tanker terminal plans for Cacouna, Quebec, TransCanada has finally admitted Energy East carries major risks for Canada. This is a major victory for the protection of endangered species, communities and the environment.   
We are pleased to see TransCanada respond to the public’s concerns over the Energy East proposal. In TransCanada’s statement, CEO Russ Girling promised the company “will continue to listen” to Canadians. If TransCanada is serious about listening, it should move immediately to cancel the Energy East project.
Concerns over the risks of Energy East are not limited merely to the tanker port in Cacouna. Hundreds of communities and nearly 1,000 waterways across the pipeline route would be endangered by this proposal. Opposition to Energy East is strong and growing across Canada. As an export pipeline that has nothing to do with meeting Canadian demand for oil, Energy East is not in the best interest of Canadians.  
Given the significance of this announcement, it is clear that the National Energy Board (NEB) review process for this project must stop. Critical details on the pipeline and tanker routes are missing and TransCanada’s consultations with communities are in total disarray. The NEB should not have opened a window for public participation long before it had a complete application in hand.  
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