TransCanada’s proposed Energy East export pipeline project would be the largest oil pipeline in Canada, spanning 4,600 km from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick. In New Brunswick, the project would require 1,400 km of new pipeline from the Quebec border, crossing over 280 creeks and rivers, traversing farmland and woodlots towards the Saint John River valley. The pipeline would end at a massive oil tank “farm” located across the street from residential homes on Anthony’s Cove Road just outside of Saint John, and a new massive export port in the Bay of Fundy. The port, which would be built beside the existing Canaport LNG terminal, would add between 115 to 290 tankers to the Bay of Fundy every year. The tankers not only risk hitting the whales, but the noise generated by the ships also causes them stress and disruption.1
Energy East is a multi-use pipeline that would carry conventional oil, Bakken fracked oil, and unconventional oil. The unconventional oil produced in the tar sands, or “oil sands,” including diluted bitumen, will comprise a large – and increasing – portion of what is shipped.2
Proponents argue that Energy East is designed to serve Eastern Canadian refineries, including the Irving refinery in Saint John. However, analysis shows that the product is primarily for export. According to TransCanada’s documentation, and based on the capacity of the three refineries along the path, up to 90 per cent of the total daily volume of the pipeline would be exported to more lucrative international markets including the U.S., Europe and India.3
TransCanada wants to build the Energy East pipeline on your property.
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