About The Report:

An analysis of TransCanada’s application to the National Energy Board (NEB) panel reviewing Energy East reveals that the application is missing critical details on how the proposed pipeline would cross major Canadian rivers, including the Ottawa, Saint Lawrence and Assiniboine Rivers, among numerous other information gaps.

Even a short duration spill from the Energy East pipeline has the potential to release large quantities of crude oil into the environment and cause substantial harm to ecosystems, human health, and downstream communities. Given the estimated 1.1 million barrels of per day that would flow through the proposed 4,600 km pipeline, it is alarming that crucial details of how the pipeline would cross major rivers are missing from the application to build Energy East.

Without this vital river crossing information, it’s clear that the Energy East application is still incomplete, and that the NEB must not begin to evaluate the costs and benefits of the proposed pipeline. The clock should not start ticking on the NEB’s Energy East review process until TransCanada has provided details about how they intend to cross these rivers.

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