Energy East Consolidated Application – Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Volumes 14 to 25
Volume 14 – Project and Assessment Overview:
Energy East proposes to construct new assets and convert a portion of TransCanada Mainline natural gas pipeline to facilitate oil transport. This volume explains the Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA) which was prepared by Stantec Consulting Ltd., Groupe Conseil UDA Inc. and Nichols Applied Management in compliance with the National Energy Board (NEB) Filing Manual. It also includes updated sections not included in previous applications.
Volume 15 – Biophysical Effects Assessment:
This volume provides a description of the different segments of the project for the purpose of the environmental portion of the environmental and socio-economic assessment. The segments included in this volume are the Alberta, Ontario East and Quebec new pipeline and associated facilities, and Saskatchewan to Manitoba and Northern Ontario conversion pipeline and associated facilities.
Volume 16 – Socio-economic Effects Assessment:
This volume provides a description of the different segments of the project for the socio-economic purpose of the environmental and socio-economic assessment. The segments included in this volume are the Alberta, Ontario East and New Brunswick new pipeline and associated facilities, and Saskatchewan to Manitoba and Northern Ontario conversion pipeline and associated facilities.
Volume 17 – Biophysical and Socio-economic Effects Assessment (New Brunswick):
This volume is an overview of the Saint John marine terminal complex (Canaport Energy East) project in New Brunswick. The Saint John marine terminal complex will be located on the western shore of the Bay of Fundy. The marine terminal is intended to serve as an export facility for light and heavy crude oil. The second section of this volume provides an overview of marine shipping activities associated with Canaport Energy East marine terminal for the purposes of assessing the effects of marine shipping on the marine environment.
Volume 18 – Effects of the Environment on the Project:
This volume considers the potential effects of the environment on the project. Environmental conditions such as, geological and hydrogeological hazards, heavy precipitation, extreme snow and ice storms, lightning, high winds, maritime conditions and wildfires are included in this assessment. Throughout all phases of the project including, design and planning, construction, commissioning and operation, the risks of these effects have been considered and mitigated. The volume includes the mitigation options and evaluates the risks residual effects and determination of significance.
Volume 19 – Accidents and Malfunctions:
This volume details the effects of accidents, malfunctions and unplanned events that are highly unlikely, with focus primarily on the construction and operations of the project. It provides a range of possible effects which is required by the NEB in the environmental review process. The assessment provides a preliminary evaluation of potential risks during the design phase, therefore facilitating risk reduction and mitigation. This assessment intentionally overestimates risk, which deliberately allows Energy East to prepare its emergency response plan to be equipped for even the most unlikely events.
Volume 20 – Assessment Summary and Conclusions:
Volume 20 is a summary of the Consolidated Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment and its conclusions. It has six summaries including; methods used, results and significance conclusions for potential residual and cumulative effects, potential effects of the environment, potential effects from accidents and malfunctions and contribution to greenhouse gases.
Volume 21 – Environmental Protection Plans:
This volume details the environmental protection measures implemented to avoid or reduce potential effects during construction. The environmental protection plan (EPP) has six sections which detail the following EPP areas; construction of 1,500 kilometres of new pipeline, 71 pump stations associated with the project, construction activities associated with three tank terminals, the marine terminal, construction activities related to the conversion of 3,000 kilometres of TransCanada mainline natural gas service to crude oil service and temporary facilities.
Volume 22 – Technical Data Reports
From January 2015 through May 2016 supplemental reports were provided to the NEB describing project design refinements. In keeping with the goals of this consolidated filing, this volume incorporates those modifications into the original October 2014 ESA. These reports pertain to findings regarding atmospheric environment, surface water resources, wildlife and further environmental considerations such as greenhouse gas and wetlands.
Volume 23 – Nationwide Environmental Reports
This volume contains three reports that discuss potential environmental effects from contingency crossings, construction camps, and valve and permanent access roads. This report provides an assessment of the preliminary camp locations proposed for the project, including information on the site selection rationale, baseline conditions, potential effects and mitigation measures for each camp location. The reports refer to project activities from Alberta through New Brunswick and are accurate for the 2016 project design. As well as previously submitted materials, this includes a new valve and permanent access road report.
Volume 24 – Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment for Oil Spills in the Marine Environment:
This volume has two sections that detail that Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment. This first section is a stochastic modelling for potential oiling of marine habitats. It provides a risk assessment on marine shipping which evaluates the likelihood of certain accidents occurring while tankers are being loaded or during departure of marine shipping of crude oil. The second section is deterministic modelling of ecological and human health consequences of marine oil spills. It evaluates the environmental effects of three worst case scenarios pertaining to possible crude oil spills.
Volume 25 – Traditional Land and Resource Use:
This volume contains information from Tradition Land and Resource Use (TLRU) studies completed by participating Indigenous communities and organizations. The volume also contains oral traditional evidence (OTE) and TLRU-specific results of Energy East’s Aboriginal Engagement program. Information provided relates to the project effects and cumulative effects on TLRU, and recommendations for mitigating effects, as provided by participating Indigenous groups.