We have deep respect for Québec and Quebecers. That’s why, on the day we filed our Project Description with the National Energy Board (NEB) in March 2014, we recognized that a Québec Bureau des audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) hearing process would complement the federal process and give Quebecers the opportunity to learn about the project and provide feedback.
As a result, it was agreed that TransCanada would participate in a government-ordered BAPE process for Energy East.
How are we respecting Quebec’s request?
After several months of productive discussions, a comprehensive process was agreed upon. Québec instructed the BAPE to conduct hearings that will begin on March 7, 2016.
“We look forward to answering questions that Quebecers may have,” said Louis Bergeron, vice-president Quebec and New Brunswick for Energy East. “This is an expansive, inclusive and transparent process that Quebecers know and respect.”
How are we meeting requirements on Energy East?
We are working diligently to address all the requirements of the BAPE, as a complement to the National Energy Board review of the project, which includes a thorough assessment of the environmental impacts of the project across the country. Along with recently announced enhancements to the already stringent NEB process, this will be the most closely scrutinized project in the country’s history.
“We are prepared to address all issues in the BAPE process and will be listening to the comments brought forth. We remain confident this BAPE process can address Quebecer’s concerns adequately,” said Bergeron. “But above and beyond the BAPE process, we are committed to doing a better job listening to the questions and concerns of Quebecers, and to address those concerns to the best of our ability.”
How are we listening to you?
Listening to our stakeholders and considering all project impacts – social, environmental and economic – is important to us. We heard your concerns about beluga whales in Cacouna Bay, and worked with scientists (Energy East has engaged over 900 scientists to conduct studies in more than 180 jurisdictions) to establish the best route adjustment possible to avoid a marine terminal in Cacouna, Québec.
On December 17, 2015 – just 10 weeks ago – we made a significant amendment to the project application based wholly on the feedback we received during extensive consultation with residents, landowners, Indigenous communities, local officials and our future clients.