New Brunswick will play a tremendously important role in the success of the Energy East Pipeline project, which is why we’re so committed to listening to local residents, elected officials, landowners and First Nation communities, and engaging with them in a meaningful dialogue.
At TransCanada, we believe that conversation with our neighbours is a two-way and ongoing process. Over the past three years, we’ve met with people in Saint John, Edmundston, Grand Falls and throughout New Brunswick to ensure we answer their questions, address their concerns and meet their needs.
Why do we do this? Because what we hear from you helps us better understand local issues and ensure that we earn your trust to build a project that will safely deliver the oil we all need every day. Local feedback has for instance led us to make adjustments to Energy East’s routing near Edmundston. TransCanada worked with municipal officials and presented a new routing to the public by hosting an open house shortly thereafter.
This is how we have worked for over 65 years across North America. We have an excellent relationship with the communities along our existing pipelines. This is the kind of relationship we seek to establish all along the Energy East route, from Hardisty to Saint John.
Here are just some of the steps that we’ve taken towards opening the lines of communication with New Brunswickers. And we will continue to do this going forward.
So far, we have held dozens of information sessions with Saint John community leaders. We have been in touch with the landowners who live near our proposed tank terminal. We have hosted four open houses in Saint John, where residents have been invited to learn more about the project, and discuss their concerns in an open forum. We’ve mailed information letters and we’ve also discussed the project while sitting around the kitchen table of three dozen adjacent landowners in their homes.
Across the province and in Nova Scotia, we have had conversations with more than 45 municipalities and 291 landowners. Because safety is our top priority, we have also had important and necessary discussions with 128 first responders to talk about the project from a safety and first response perspective. Our 19 open houses have hosted more than 2,800 guests; and we have given presentations to over 5,500 people.
Of course, conversation without action doesn’t mean much, which is why we’re constantly taking steps to follow-up on concerns and incorporate peoples’ input into our plans.
And there is still more dialogue to be had. We see conversation with residents as an ever-evolving process that will continue as the project progresses.
We’re working hard to ensure that the people of New Brunswick have access to all the information they need to best understand what the Energy East Pipeline project means to them. Whether they’re curious about safety, the creation of jobs, possible environmental impacts, or myriad other important issues, we want residents of this province to know that we have answers for them and that we are listening too because we want to be more than a pipeline company. We work hard to be a trusted neighbor.