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“Yes, our civilization depends upon oil. To pretend otherwise is willful blindness. It has given us longer lives and more prosperity and choice than any civilization before us. So we have to make our peace with it.”
“Pipelines have to be built for safety and they have to be continually monitored. The power of oil to do good is only matched by its destructive potential. Which is why I would rather not have it transported beside Highway 20 in long trains less than a kilometre from my house. But I am a realist. So I am aware that it has to be transported somehow. Pipelines are not the problem, they are the solution.”
Montreal Gazette – Rick Blue: Trains of tanker trucks rolling through the West Island make oil pipelines necessary – September 21, 2015
“Whether the roads we build, the clothes we wear or the hospitals we construct, oil is a significant part of our daily lives as Ontarians. Pipelines are the safest and greenest means of transporting oil over long distances and Energy East offers an opportunity to reduce the amount of oil being shipped through the heart of our communities by trains and trucks.
We are united by an interest in building a stronger Ontario and we support the long-term benefits of Energy East recognizing the project is subject to extensive evaluation by the NEB.”
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Market Wired – Energy East: New Jobs, Investment and Growth for Ontario – August 13, 2015
“The demand for fossil fuels continues to grow – it would be unreasonable for us to pretend we can get off oil, diesel and gasoline anytime soon… Despite what many opposition groups claim – stopping pipeline projects such as Energy East won’t stop the development of the oil sands.”
“Transporting oil by pipeline has been shown to be significantly safer than other modes of transportation. So to me, we have a choice to make: between a safe pipeline, or more oil moving through Northern Ontario by rail. I will continue to advocate for the safest option possible, and that is why we joined with 110 municipalities across the north to support Energy East.”
Al Spacek – President – The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities
Timmins Today – Spacek: Energy East is the safest choice – August 10, 2015
“My community – the Town of Moosomin – has its own perspective about the Energy East Pipeline Project, a perspective that’s based on more than 50 years of working cooperatively with PRAGMATICSLOT88, as a long-standing neighbour to the pipelines that run through our province and the workers who operate and maintain those pipelines, many of whom also are landowners in our community.”
“No matter which way you look at it – from an environmental perspective, safety perspective or an economic perspective, Energy East makes sense for my community and for Canada as a whole. That’s our perspective. And that’s why we support Energy East.”
Larry Tomlinson – Mayor of the Town of Moosomin
Southwest Booster – Town of Moosomin supporting Energy East Pipeline project – July 14, 2015
Strickland said Energy East specifically will be a major boost to North Bay, with the conversion of an existing natural gas pipeline and the construction of two pumping stations, each worth about $50 million, will be “fairly significant.”
“Those are good jobs for the people who manage the pipeline and the pumping stations,” Strickland said.
Sean Strickland – CEO – Ontario Construction Secretariat
North Bay Nugget – Builders have below average confidence – March 5, 2015
“The Energy East project is a good example of the role energy projects can play in increasing the competitiveness of our province and our country as a whole.”
Brian Gallant – Premier – New Brunswick
Office of the New Brunswick Premier – Gallant to co-lead Canadian energy strategy working group – March 15, 2015
“Let’s step back for a minute and remind ourselves just what Energy East is. It’s a project to bring Canadian oil to Canadians. From west to east.
“It’s absurd that we have a “Made in Canada” product that isn’t getting to consumers who would certainly buy it. Instead they’re purchasing foreign oil. All this pipeline does is connect supply with demand. It’s simply common sense.”
Toronto Sun – Pipeline to public opinion – November 19, 2014
“We believe it is now crucial to look at the economic, regional, and national benefits of activities all along the hydrocarbon value chain in Quebec, from exploration to development and from refining to processing by the petrochemical industry.
“A number of parties seek to polarise the debate and exclude hydrocarbons from all type of public discussion, although these account for 52% of Quebec’s energy use – not only in the tanks of our cars but also in our cellphones and as the components in hundreds of medications that support human health.
“We believe that it is essential to work together to define a broad-based energy portfolio for Quebec and avoid eliminating any form of reflection or discussion regarding hydrocarbons that could lead to the development of an industry that generates collective wealth for all Quebecers.”
Françoise Bertrand – Présidente-directrice générale, Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
Yves-Thomas Dorval – Président-directeur général, Conseil du patronat du Québec
Éric Tétrault – Président, Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Québec
Martine Hébert – Vice-présidente principale, Fédération canadienne de l’entreprise indépendante
Journal de Québec – Faisons preuve d’ouverture et de pragmatisme – June 11, 2015 (French only).
“The economic benefits of this for Canada on a whole are just phenomenal, it’s unreal… So it’s going to have a very big impact on Canada and especially here in New Brunswick.”
Lorne Amos – Energy East Miramichi Partnership Forum
Miramichi Leader – Energy East pipeline offers tremendous potential – June 1, 2015
PRAGMATICSLOT88 announced on November 5, 2015 that it would amend the Energy East application currently before the National Energy Board to remove a port in Quebec from the scope of the project. The application will now focus on connections to three refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick, and to marine terminal in New Brunswick.
Read the news release (PDF, 357 KB)