These changes, which have led us to adjust the proposed pipeline route and a number of other aspects of the project, are the result of extensive consultation with residents, landowners, Indigenous communities, local officials and our future clients.
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We are listening
“This amended filing has been shaped by direct, on-the-ground input from Canadians across the country,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer, referring to some of the 7,000 landowners, 755 municipalities, 481 first responders and nearly 11,000 open house attendees we’ve spoken to since announcing the Energy East project three years ago.
“The thousands of Canadians we’ve met understand the importance and significance of what this project means to our country’s energy security and economic prosperity,” Girling added. “However, Canadians also want assurances this project does not come at the expense of safety and the environment – and this application shows we can do that.”
These conversations combined with thorough environmental and engineering studies have shaped a number of changes to the original application.
Amended project . . .
For instance, we’ve made close to 700 changes to the proposed pipeline route, which address issues such as environmental protection as well as specific concerns raised by landowners and municipalities. Again, these changes are a direct response to what local communities and scientific surveys on the ground have told us.
We’re now estimating that the total cost of the project will be $15.7 billion as a result of changes in schedule and scope. Operations are still expected to begin in 2020 for a pipeline that will dramatically reduce the need for Canadian refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick to import hundreds of thousands of barrels of higher-priced oil – keeping jobs and money here in Canada.
. . . same important benefits
Even though some aspects of the project have changed, economic benefits stemming from Energy East remain significant for Canadians.
The project will create more than 14,000 direct and indirect jobs during each of the nine years it takes to develop and build the pipeline, and it will generate billions of dollars in tax revenues for communities across the country, according to an updated report released by the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) based on the latest project modifications.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is our unwavering commitment to safety. Since we first announced plans for the Energy East Pipeline, we’ve continued to work hard to train first responders and our own emergency response personnel.
Pipelines remain the safest way of transporting crude oil to where consumers are, but it doesn’t mean we stand still. On the contrary, we are relentless in our efforts to enhance our safety measures, and this also means being prepared to respond quickly and efficiently to any kind of pipeline emergency.