The Energy East Pipeline is one of the largest energy infrastructure projects ever undertaken in North America. As a nation, if we can transport Western oil resources to where they are needed, in Eastern Canada, Quebec and New Brunswick can stop depending on foreign crude oil imports.
Energy East is the way to make this happen.
The pipeline will provide a safe and reliable supply of oil so Canadian refineries and manufacturers can continue to produce the gasoline and the countless oil-based products – cellphones, motorcycle helmets, detergents, food packaging and so many others – that we all rely on each day. Through the development of Energy East will come jobs, local investments, economic growth and more tax revenues for our local government.
We know that a project of this scale brings many questions focused on safety and the protection of the environment. We’re working hard to answer these, listen to your feedback, and share information about what the project means for New Brunswick and the rest of Canada.
Watch this video to learn about the care and attention we are putting into planning and delivering a world-class project that will ensure the safe transport of western crude oil to the Irving refinery in Saint John.
So how safe will Energy East be?
At TransCanada, we’ve been building pipelines and energy infrastructure safely and reliably for over 65 years. We have one of the best safety records in the industry because we go above and beyond what regulators demand from us and we constantly seek to enhance our integrity and maintenance programs.
Our highly-trained staff monitors our existing 90,000-kilometre pipeline network around the clock from our state-of-the-art oil control centre. We use satellite technology that sends data every few seconds from thousands of sensors located all along the pipeline and that detect any change in pressure or temperatures that could signal an anomaly.
For Energy East, we’ll have experienced field crews perform regular patrols to monitor and maintain the pipeline and respond immediately, if necessary. Safety and the protection of the environment is part of everything we do, from the advanced materials and techniques we use to build the pipeline to the steps we take, in collaboration with landowners, communities and environmental experts, to ensure we minimize the project’s impact.
This means all Canadians will get to benefit from Energy East.
According to an independent study by the Conference Board of Canada, Energy East will support approximately 14,000 full-time jobs across the country during the development and construction stages of the project. Of these, more than 3,771 full-time and spinoff jobs will go to people in New Brunswick.
The effects of Energy East are already being felt in the province. So far, TransCanada has spent more than $42 million with local New Brunswick businesses. That amount is expected to rise, with a total investment in the province topping out at $6.5 billion. But the benefits won’t stop once Energy East is built. We will operate this pipeline for decades to come and we will employ a local workforce and local suppliers to help us do so.
A lot of people from New Brunswick have already publicly backed Energy East as they know its economic benefits are real, and they trust us to build the pipeline safely. If you believe this too, now is the time to make your voice heard – join our Energy East Action Network – and support a project that will create a better future for the province of New Brunswick and the rest of our country.