The company thought issues surrounding the province's review of the pipeline had been resolved.
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Several municipal leaders in the Greater Montreal area have already deemed the pipeline too environmentally risky.
I have been asked recently why I blog on The Huffington Post. The question has come from a friend as well as a journalist, on Twitter, who suggested that I am taking food off his plate. My intention in my blogs is not to court conflict. Rather, I want to highlight the misuse of science in environmental decision-making.
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They want to subject the Energy East pipeline to Quebec's environmental regulations.
Rather than engaging in a robust post-election rebuilding process and seeking to broaden its base, the Conservative party has decided to retreat into their comfort zone of regional grievance politics. Under the leadership of Rona Ambrose, the Conservatives appear to be abandoning any attempt to repair the national coalition that swept them to power in 2006. Indeed, today they look more like the Canadian Alliance of the early 2000s than the governing Conservatives of the last 10 years. The latest and most obvious example of this is the party's recent opposition day motion on the Energy East pipeline.
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Not a kilometre of new oil pipeline built since 2011?
Two Quebec-specific obstacles that stand in the way of the project getting approval.
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"We interpret the national interest every day in Parliament."
When TransCanada first announced its 4400km Energy East pipeline project from Alberta to Saint John, the spin was all about nation-building. This spin is dependent on the idea that Energy East will see crude produced in the Prairies replace so-called foreign imports to Atlantic Canada.
Deal with ABB Canada will create 120 jobs in Quebec.
In goes bitumen, out comes ... well, you'll see.
My blog post last week (I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist) made quite a splash resulting in me receiving a lot of both positive and negative feedback. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the negative feedback consisted of unsupported and/or unsupportable "facts" about the proposal.
Energy East would transport about one million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.