It takes years to build a pipeline, and meticulous planning is a huge part of the process.
Since announcing the Energy East project in August 2013, our teams have been busy collecting an extensive range of field data – from soil, air and geological features to wildlife and fisheries – along the entire proposed pipeline route to prepare environmental impact studies.
In Quebec alone, these studies:
- Were conducted in 9 administrative regions, 22 regional county municipalities (MRCs) and 70 municipalities.
- Included field work by nearly 100 environmental specialists including wildlife biologists, vegetation ecologists, specialists in marine, atmospheric, and soil science.
- Involved data collection on wildlife habitat from 784 waterways, 603 plant ecosystems, 527 wetland locations, 1,200 kilometers of moose and deer habitat, and 464 stations for species of nesting birds.
Across the whole country, it is more than 900 scientists who conducted environmental studies in over 180 municipalities along the 4,500-kilometre project route.
Detailed field studies already submitted
We have already submitted comprehensive and detailed studies as part of the National Energy Board (NEB) regulatory process and we’re committed to providing a thorough, science-based environmental impact assessment as agreed to with Quebec’s environment ministry in April 2016.
We strongly believe that through the Quebec and federal processes, we will succeed in demonstrating that the Energy East project is safe, environmentally sound and provides significant and meaningful benefits to Quebec and the rest of the country.
Pipelines = The safest way to transport the oil we need
Refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick currently spend billions of dollars importing hundreds of thousands of barrels of foreign oil, every day. Energy East would help reduce or even eliminate the need to import oil from countries such as Nigeria, Angola, and Saudi Arabia.
But most of all, Canada would finally be in control of how oil is transported on its territory. Pipelines are the safest way to move oil over long distances – safer than trains and tankers. Why? Because they are built and operated following some of the world’s most stringent environmental rules.
This is why it takes time – years in fact – for our scientists and trained field workers to collect all the data we need to build a pipeline that minimizes impacts on the environment and safely transports the oil we all need.
Want to know more about our Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment? Read it here.
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