ORONTO, ON – Today’s announcement by TransCanada that it has amended its application for the massive Energy East pipeline with the National Energy Board (NEB) will not help win approval for the project.
Canada’s new Federal government has promised to repair the broken review process for energy projects including dangerous pipelines like Energy East. The NEB review cannot proceed until that a new process is in place.
Canadians have lost faith in the NEB process, and putting more information in front of the broken regulator does nothing to change that fact. Before the NEB goes any further in assessing Energy East or any other energy project, the overhaul promised by Prime Minister Trudeau needs to take place. Fixing the pipeline review process includes adding an assessment of climate change and other environmental impacts and restoring the integrity of Canada’s environmental laws, including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Protection Act.
The amendments from TransCanada today confirm that this is an export pipeline that will deliver little benefit to Canadians. Over 75 per cent of the total pipeline capacity – or more than 800,000 barrels per day – would be exported out of one marine terminal in Saint John. The claims that Energy East will displace foreign imports are clearly not true. What is clear, however, is that this pipeline puts Canada’s East Coast and iconic areas like the Bay of Fundy at considerable risk.
It is also evident that Energy East would not deliver a meaningful number of jobs to Quebec or Ontario. As the Ontario Energy Board has pointed out, the pipeline’s risks outweigh the benefits for the province. The same is true for Canada as a whole.
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