From Western Canada, down the Ottawa Valley to Iroquois, TransCanada has been safely and reliably transporting the natural gas eastern Ontario needs for generations.
In Kemptville, we take great pride in the fact we have been a part of the community for the last 30 years. Our organization takes its commitment to the communities we serve very seriously. For us, these communities represent more than places where we operate – they are also where our employees and their families call home.
It is with this in mind that we gladly agreed to support this year’s Dandelion Festival. Contributing to important events like this is part of a 60-year TransCanada tradition of investing in and giving back to Canadian communities along all of our pipeline routes.
In 2015 we proudly supported the Raisin River Canoe Race in Cornwall for the second year in a row. And we have supported initiatives as diverse as the Eastern Ontario Children’s Water Festival and the 2014 Season at the Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg. These are just a few of the ways we have given back to our communities. For us, it’s all part of being an employer of choice, a trusted community partner and a good neighbour.
Why do we do this? Because in addition to transporting the natural gas and oil that millions of Canadians rely on each day to heat or cool their home, cook their meals, heat their water or wash their clothes, we have a genuine desire to give back to the communities where we operate. We want to contribute to the prosperity and sustainability of these towns, cities and neighbourhoods – make them stronger and better off because of our presence.
It is unfortunate that our support to this great annual cultural event in Kemptville has become an issue that is distracting from the focus of the Festival itself: celebrating the community, its people and heritage.
But we want the Dandelion festival to go ahead, without the controversy stirred by a minority group, and will instead donate the money – in Kemptville’s name – to the international Red Cross efforts to rebuild Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that battered the Himalayan state.
At TransCanada, we understand the value of shifting to a less carbon-intensive energy mix. As Ontario’s largest independent electricity provider, TransCanada is also one of the biggest providers of renewable power in Ontario, Quebec, New England and elsewhere in North America.
In eastern Ontario alone, we operate five solar energy facilities from Brockville to South Stormont, including two near Kemptville: Burrits Rapids and in Mississippi Mills. We are also constructing a new, state-of-the-art natural gas power plant in Napanee to help power Ontario’s homes and businesses.
Canada will transition to a less carbon-intensive energy future – it is already happening and we are taking a major part in this drive. But we also know that demand for oil will continue to grow because we have yet to find ways to replace the oil components that go into the manufacturing of so many day-to-day essentials such as cell phones, tyres, infant car seats, prescription glasses or surgical gloves to name only a few.
Our society will continue to rely on oil for decades to come and the safest way to transport it is by pipeline.
Our proposed Energy East pipeline project will carry oil from western Canada directly to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick. Doing so will help displace approximately 700,000 barrels of oil eastern Canada imports from foreign countries every single day at a cost of around $42 million, every day. This is $15 billion leaving the Canadian economy every year.
Energy East is a critical piece of infrastructure that will tie Canada together and allow our country to be truly self-sufficient when it comes to the energy we use. It will be built according to rigorous standards, and is subject to one of the toughest, most transparent and thorough regulatory reviews in the world.
We have been actively listening to the questions and concerns raised by communities along the Energy East route for well over two years. We have delivered detailed presentations to the North Grenville town council twice and held technical meetings with municipal officials. And we have organised two community open houses in Kemptville, most recently last November, to share the facts about the project and hear directly from landowners, local first responders and members of the community.