The Energy East Pipeline Project team has held 116 open houses over the past two years, visiting 83 communities across six provinces, from Alberta to New Brunswick, and engaging with more than 9,000 Canadians – local residents, First Nation and Métis communities, mayors and landowners.
Beyond the numbers, we have sought to establish a discussion and engage with the public on key aspects of the 4,500-km project such as safety, the protection of the environment and economic benefits.
Energy East has generated a lot of attention in the media and in social media, as it should for a critical piece of energy transport infrastructure that will help displace foreign imports and respond to growing demand for safe and environmentally sound energy delivery.
We welcome this debate, and we’ll continue to meet people day after day in all parts of the country – in Regina, Ile-des-Chênes, Kenora, Nipigon, North Bay, Lachute, Trois-Rivières, Edmunston or Saint John – to explain what the project is about, answer the many questions that you have and use some of your feedback to help us develop the Energy East project.
Pipelines are amazingly complex projects. It is not a piece of pipe dumped into the ground as some opponents would like you to believe. There is technology behind every step of the project, from the strength of the steel used to manufacture pipeline sections to the x-rays we submit every weld to or the advanced coatings we apply to prevent corrosion. These are just a few examples.
It takes a large team of engineers and specialists to plan, develop, build and operate an infrastructure that will safely deliver the oil that millions of Canadians rely on every day.
Dozens of Energy East experts from various fields – environment, pipeline integrity, emergency response, marine terminals, wildlife protection and so many other areas – have worked hard to develop the environmental planning measures as well as the design and construction methods that we’ll be putting in place to deliver a world-class, safe pipeline for the benefits of all Canadians.
We have interviewed a few of them in a series of videos that we are proud to launch today and which we hope will answer some of the questions you may have about the project.
Discover how we use advanced tools that inspect the inside of our pipelines to detect any sign of corrosion and how our high-tech control centre monitors our entire pipeline network across North America 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Find out about the various methods we use to cross water bodies, and how we restore those and their habitat to preconstruction conditions, or how our teams focus on emergency preparedness and accident prevention.
Tammy, Niki, Neil and Craig answer some of the questions that were most frequently asked during our open houses, and we’ll make more videos available in the coming weeks and months to put out facts about the Energy East Pipeline Project and talk about the concrete steps we are taking to minimize our environmental footprint while fulfilling our obligation to meet the continent’s growing demand for safe and reliable energy.