TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline To Be Subject To Quebec's Environment Rules

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MONTREAL — The Quebec government says TransCanada has agreed to subject its Energy East pipeline project to the province's environmental regulations.

Environment Minister David Heurtel says the company filed paperwork today as required under Quebec's Environment Quality Act and will have to produce an impact study by June 6.

The agreement could spell an end to an injunction the province had filed to ensure TransCanada would be subject to the more rigorous review process. 

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TransCanada Vice President, Quebec & New Brunswick Energy East Pipeline Louis Bergeron poses for a photograph at TransCanada offices in Montreal, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Photo: Graham Hughes/CP)

The province says it is committed to withdrawing the application upon approval of the environmental impact study and both sides have pledged to respect a strict timetable.

Energy East would bring 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan through Quebec and into News Brunswick for overseas shipping.

Quebec's environmental review agency is scheduled to begin a second round of public hearings into Energy East on Monday.

The first hearings wrapped up in March with citizens from across the province grilling TransCanada executives on the risks and costs associated with the pipeline.

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