Today’s National Energy Board (NEB) completeness determination for the Energy East Pipeline marks another step toward making this important national project a reality.
“This is an important and welcomed milestone after four years of scientific analysis, study and engagement with thousands of Canadians along the Energy East pipeline route,” said John Soini, President, Energy East.
“We are looking forward to participating in the panel sessions hosted by the NEB along the proposed pipeline route this fall.”
Input has helped shape project
Since announcing Energy East three years ago, TransCanada has actively sought open dialogue, scientific study and an exchange of ideas that will continue during the next phase of the process.
In fact, the project has held more than 139 events and based on that input, TransCanada incorporated some 700 route changes addressing much of the input we have received to date.
The company has also engaged with 166 Indigenous communities, holding 2,380 meetings to date. There are 66 Traditional Knowledge studies underway with communities along the pipeline route.
“Fostering strong, long-term relationships with Indigenous communities is, and will continue to be, an integral part of everything we do at TransCanada,” said Soini.
Moving ahead? Yes, but we still want to hear from you
While the completeness determination is an important achievement, an exchange of ideas will continue to be sought during the next phases of the process.
“As we prepare, we’ll continue to actively listen and respond to the input of all people along the project route”, said Soini.
Energy East represents an opportunity for all of Canada – a $15.7 billion privately-funded energy infrastructure project that will help displace over 730,000 barrels a day of crude oil that Canada imported last year from foreign countries including the US, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. It will also increase safety for communities by reducing the transport of oil by rail at a rate of more than one rail car per minute, 24 hours a day, for decades.
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