Millions of people across North America rely on us to provide the energy they need to heat their home, cook their food and fuel their car, and meeting this demand in an environmentally sustainable way is an integral part of our operations.
Some individuals would like you to believe that Energy East is a threat to the environment. That is not true. We put all our resources and highly-skilled staff into developing and maintaining the highest environmental standards throughout the life of the project.
What does it mean in practical terms?
For example, we have carried out a wide range of field studies to better understand the soil and top soil conservation along the proposed pipeline route in order to implement the most effective methods and techniques to reclaim the land after construction and return it to pre-construction conditions.
We have carefully reviewed all the water bodies that Energy East will cross, studied their embankment, vegetation and fishing habitat, and worked in collaboration with local stakeholders – in Miramichi, New Brunswick, for example – to come up with the best route for the pipeline.
This extensive field work has helped us plan our operating activities; for instance, the strategic placing of shut-off valves that can be closed automatically to interrupt the flow of oil in the pipeline. These valves can isolate any segment of the pipeline where a drop of pressure may have been detected by the leak detection team that works from our high-tech oil control centre.
In New Brunswick, our project includes the construction of a marine terminal as well as a tank terminal to store crude oil, just outside of Saint John.
These facilities are an important part of the Energy East project. They will offer a safe and reliable supply of crude oil to the Irving refinery, which currently relies on foreign oil imports. It will also allow Canadian energy producers to export oil to the rest of the world – creating jobs and revenue in the process.
We will put in the construction of those terminals the same care and attention to safety that we have shown throughout our 60 years of operations. This includes ensuring that our practices meet or exceed industry standards. We are already working on defining the advanced materials and technology we will use to design the tank terminal as well as identifying any risk associated to this specific part of the project in order to implement the appropriate mitigation measures.
You can rely on us to do this job thoroughly, because our reputation as a safe and reliable energy infrastructure operator is at stake and because we want to do what’s right.
Saint John has over 50 years of experience with oil transport. And while marine traffic in the Bay of Fundy is relatively small compared to other major marine shipping areas – the English Channel sees as many vessels pass in 48 hours as the Bay of Fundy sees in a year – we are committed to ensuring the safe transport of this energy from start to finish.
Why? Because TransCanada and its partner Irving Oil aren’t just energy investors — our staff also lives and works in the communities where the pipeline and the marine and tank terminals will be located. Together, we can build in New Brunswick, and across the rest of the country, the pipeline that we all need in the most environmentally respectful way possible.