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Jim Prentice, Philippe Couillard on TransCanada pipeline

12/02/2014 02:17 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard met today to discuss the future of the TransCanada Energy East pipeline project.

In a scrum after the meeting, Prentice said the meeting went well.

"I think that we’ve had excellent discussions," he said. "There’s been a long and productive relationship between the province of Quebec and the province of Alberta."

Prentice said discussions were focused on the environment, climate change and gas emissions.

The Energy East project would give Western oil producers long coveted access to a deep-water port in the Bay of Fundy.

The plan is to convert an existing natural gas pipeline to oil, and expand the line further into Quebec and New Brunswick.

At a cost of $12 billion, the 4,600 kilometres of pipe would transport 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Couillard on climate change

Meanwhile, Couillard told journalists Prentice has agreed to attend a Quebec conference on climate change later this year.

Prentice was grilled by journalists, inquiring if Quebec was putting up too many roadblocks on the creation of the Energy East pipeline project.

In response, he said the two provinces were working together, and that building a pipeline would be good for the future of Quebec.

Prentice said the creation of the pipeline is possible without the marine terminal in Cacouna, Que., which has been put on hold because it may impact the breeding ground of beluga whales.  

"I’m aware of the environmental worries and responsibilities," said Prentice.

"Belugas are important, that’s clear."

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