Just over a year after announcing the Energy East Pipeline Project, we are pleased to be filing our formal project application with the National Energy Board of Canada (NEB). This filing is a milestone in the regulatory process to receive all necessary approvals to build and operate the 4,500-kilometre pipeline that will run from West to East and connect the oil resources of Alberta and Saskatchewan with the refineries and *port terminals of Québec and New Brunswick.
Our 30,000-page application is the result of more than 18 months of environmental studies, engineering work and public consultation, making it one of the most comprehensive regulatory filings in the history of Canada’s energy transportation industry. The application contains a breakdown of the latest job and economic benefits for the full scope of both the Energy East Pipeline Project and the proposed Eastern Mainline Pipeline Project based on new studies by the Conference Board of Canada and IHS.
“We are very proud of the extensive consultation process we initiated and the quality of the exchanges we’ve had across the country,” said François Poirier, President Energy East Pipeline Project. “We received feedback that helped us define mitigation measures and ensure the implementation of a project that is beneficial to everyone.”
Over the past year and a half, the Energy East team has visited nearly 500 communities, held over 100 open houses across six provinces, and consulted 158 First Nation and Métis communities and about 5,500 landowners. We have worked hard to explain our plans, answer questions and collect feedback that helped us prepare our application. We have listened to what you have told us, and some of your comments have led us to change parts of the project.
The filing contains specific information on the jobs and economic benefits linked to the project. It also details the findings of an independent Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment, as well as the environmental planning measures, and the design and construction methods that we’ll be putting in place to deliver on our promise of a world-class, safe pipeline for the benefit of all Canadians.
Energy East is one the largest energy infrastructure projects ever proposed in North America. It will transport approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil per day and involve the conversion of around 3,000 kilometres of a natural gas pipeline that is currently not used to its full potential.
By moving Canada’s abundant oil resources from west to east, Energy East will make domestic refineries less dependent on foreign oil imports. It will stir up additional economic activity in a wide range of sectors from the refining industry and steel manufacturing to port docking, truck dealerships and restaurants, and a lot more. It will also generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and billions of dollars in taxes that will help finance the construction of new roads, schools and hospitals in local communities.
Our application is a big step in making the $12-billion project a reality, but before this happens there will be a hearing process to help the NEB ensure the Energy East Pipeline Project is in the public interest. We’ve talked with many of you in recent months. But every time we get a chance to provide facts on what we’re doing to protect the environment and ensure the integrity of our pipeline, people tell us they feel we genuinely care about doing things right.
TransCanada has an industry-leading safety record, and takes pride in that fact. The safety of our staff and the communities we operate in is at the core of our beliefs and our operations. It has been the case since we started in the energy transport industry over 60 years ago. We will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every community along the pipeline because these are our communities too. Our employees live and work there.
As this process moves forward, we will continue to engage with Canadians and work towards building something we can all be proud of.
From Alberta to Quebec to New Brunswick, Energy East is more than just a pipeline: it’s a uniting force connecting abundant resources with industry centres in the east. The project will create thousands of jobs and investments in local communities along the way. By joining the Energy East Action Network you can take a stand and show your support for a project that will create energy independence, a healthy economy and progress for all Canadians. To learn more, visit action.energyeastpipeline.com, email us at email@example.com, and sign up today to receive information about other ways you can get involved.