Canada needs a west-to-east pipeline, so our country can transport the vast supply of western Canadian crude oil to refineries in the east and reduce imports of foreign crude oil.
The Energy East pipeline project will help decrease our dependence on foreign oil and add billions back into our own economy. In the first half of 2016, Canada imported almost 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, yet Canada holds the third largest crude oil reserves in the world. At current average crude oil price, that is $24 million leaving our economy every day. Canada is increasingly dependent on Middle Eastern and African countries that have minimum to no regulations on the environmental impact of their crude oil production instead of relying on our own reserves in Canada – home to some of the strictest environmental laws in the world.