In response to the position on Energy East announced earlier today by Montreal’s mayor on behalf of the Montreal Metropolitan Community, TransCanada would like to share the following comments.
We are hopeful we can pursue our dialogue with elected leaders in the greater Montreal area, and use feedback gathered from citizens to address concerns raised regarding the Energy East Pipeline Project.
We will continue to listen to other elected leaders in Québec and stakeholders across the province as we take their concerns and input seriously.
The overriding fact is that pipelines remain the safest way of transporting the oil and other flammable products Québecers need – safer than rail. Pipelines operate using electricity and are not diesel powered like trains.
It is clear people have concerns about issues such as pipeline safety and environmental protection. We share those concerns and are acting to make this a safe and reliable pipeline.
Focus on Safety
Over the last two years we have made hundreds of adjustments to the proposed route, as well as changes to the locations of pump stations and river crossings, as a result of feedback from stakeholders.
The pipeline itself would be monitored 24/7. If a leak were to occur, the entire system can be shut down remotely in minutes, stopping the flow of oil.