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Supporters, opponents clash as 'changed circumstances' stop Energy East pipeline

Supporters, opponents clash as 'changed circumstances' stop Energy East pipeline

Supporters, opponents clash as 'changed circumstances' stop Energy East pipeline

TransCanada's decision to cancel the Energy East pipeline project exposed deep divisions across the political landscape Thursday, highlighting the ever-present clash between energy development and environmental protection. "Given increasing public interest in GHG emissions, together with increasing governmental actions and commitments (including the federal government's stated interest in assessing upstream GHG emissions associated with major pipelines), the Board is of the view that it should also consider indirect GHG emissions in its [National Energy Board] Act public interest determination for each of the Projects".

The National Energy Board must let the industry know how future project reviews will be conducted so investors can have confidence in the industry, she said.

TransCanada is announcing that it has ended its Energy East Pipeline proposal that would have seen bitumen transported through existing natural gas pipelines.

In a statement, C-E-O Russ Girling cites the company's "careful review of changed circumstances" and says TransCanada is thankful for the support it received from labour, business, industry, Irving Oil and various governments that passed resolutions in favour of the projects.

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association says it is "extremely disappointed with the decision".

Opponents said the projects would increase greenhouse gas emissions by allowing oil-sands producers, the most greenhouse-gas intensive sources of crude, to ramp up production.

Larry Tomlinson was looking forward to the construction and operation of a large tank farm, bringing more jobs and wealth into his community east of Regina as part of TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Energy East pipeline.

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Much of the pipeline would have been converted from an existing natural gas pipeline, including the entire length that now runs through Saskatchewan. The company first proposed the project in 2013, when oil prices were approaching 100 dollars per barrel.

The Eastern Mainland project would have built an additional 279km (175 mile) new gas pipeline in Ontario.

Notley said the decision will affect more than just Alberta.

Last month the company revealed that it was suspending efforts to get regulatory approval. He said his province wasn't banking on Energy East - but having certainly wouldn't have hurt. "I respect that. Our work is to assess the projects according to our rules in canada", said federal minister of natural Resources, Jim Carr.

September 9, 2016: The National Energy Board sidelines all three Energy East reviewers following complaints that two of them met privately with a TransCanada consultant the year before and discussed the proposed oil pipeline.

The pipeline's importance has somewhat diminished for TransCanada since the United States this year approved Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Alberta to US refineries, but supporters said they were "extremely disappointed" by the decision.

Jean singled out the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, accusing politicians in the east of taking "pride and credit" when energy projects that would have benefited the country fall through.

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