The Energy East Pipeline will help meet Canadian challenges with Canadian solutions. By moving our country’s abundant oil reserves from west to east, Energy East will make Eastern refineries less dependent on foreign oil imports. The 4,600-kilometre pipeline will safely transport up to one million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to Quebec and New Brunswick. With this project, the largest energy transport infrastructure ever planned in North America, comes a wealth of opportunities. Energy East will create a stronger economy and allow our country to secure its energy needs while safeguarding our environment.
Here are five reasons to support Energy East:
Energy East is the safest way to transport oil from west to east
TransCanada has been in the pipeline business for over 60 years and continues to be a leader in energy transportation infrastructure with one of the best safety and operating records in the industry across North America. The public expects us to build and operate pipelines safely – and that’s what we work hard to achieve. Pipelines are the safest, most efficient and environmentally friendly method of transporting large volumes of oil over long distances.
TransCanada’s approach to safety and reliability has three areas of focus: Prevention, Detection and Response. Over the past three years, we have invested an average of $900 million per year in proactive inspection and maintenance programs to ensure our 70,000-kilometre pipeline network operates to the highest safety standards. We monitor this network 24/7 from our high-tech control centre in Calgary and through regular aerial and ground patrols.
Our goal is zero pipeline incidents that impact public safety or the environment. No one has a stronger interest than we do in ensuring our pipelines operate safely every day and we can assure you that safety will remain the primary focus of the Energy East team.
Energy East will spread economic benefits across Canada
The Energy East Pipeline Project is good for our economy. It will create an estimated 14,000 direct and indirect full-time jobs across the country. This means employment for land surveyors, engineers, welders, pipefitters, electricians, port dockers and many more skilled workers. The project will spur business in many communities through the economic activity generated by its construction and operations, with restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and car dealerships all standing to benefit.
The development and construction phase is expected to generate about $3 billion in government tax revenues, and the operations phase will result in another $4.7 billion in tax revenues. This money will help provinces finance important public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals or highways. Supporting Energy East means backing a stronger economy and bringing jobs to our communities.
Energy East will help build our country’s energy security
Canada has the world’s third largest oil reserve and yet Eastern Canada imports between $15 billion and $25 billion in crude oil every year. Today, we are sending 97 percent of the oil we produce in Canada to the United States while we are not filling our own needs. This makes no sense.
Energy East offers a unique opportunity to control our economic future. The pipeline will put an end to our dependence on oil producing nations that do not share our values on environmental stewardship, human rights, labour protection and the rule of law. So instead of importing crude from countries such as Nigeria or Saudi Arabia, let’s give ourselves the means to transport our Canadian resources to where they are needed most – in the densely populated regions of Central and Eastern Canada.
Energy East will bolster Canadian exports
The Energy East Pipeline Project means meeting our energy needs at home and generating billions of dollars for our economy when we export Canadian oil to the rest of the world. The energy industry is the largest private-sector investor in the country and employs over half a million people. These are jobs located in Canada and more could be supported by our exports.
Canadians are proud to export cars. Let’s be proud to export oil too.
Global energy demand is rising. The International Energy Agency estimates that global oil consumption will increase by 13 percent by 2040. This is not a question of fossil fuels versus alternatives. The fact is we will need them both. Oil is an essential part of our daily lives. It goes into so many essentials such as computers, fertilizers for agriculture, synthetic clothes, children’s car seats, and even aspirin.
Energy East will help diversify our export markets and strengthen the economy for all Canadians. It is also an opportunity to become a global leader in the responsible development and delivery of the energy resources we need – and that the world needs.
The Energy East project will be built with the input of thousands of Canadians
Since proposing the Energy East Pipeline in 2013, the project team has held 116 open houses in 83 communities along the proposed route. We held those events to answer the legitimate questions that over 9,000 individuals had about issues such as safety and the protection of the environment. We also used some of the feedback from landowners, First Nation groups, local residents and elected officials. Our team heard a lot of good suggestions, and we have demonstrated that when we get input, we do something with it.
Because we started our public consultation early, we gained a good grasp of what some of the issues were and we feel confident that what we’ve put forward before the National Energy Board in our 2014 filing addresses many of those concerns.
We will continue meeting with people as the regulatory process moves forward, and while some people may have different views, we are working hard to seek constructive feedback from people, properly understand local concerns and continue advancing a project that has broad support across Canada.