The pipeline has the strongest backing in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
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The company thought issues surrounding the province's review of the pipeline had been resolved.
Notley says Quebec is just planning on conducting a review.
Several municipal leaders in the Greater Montreal area have already deemed the pipeline too environmentally risky.
There is a catechism of the fossil fuel industry, with oft-repeated claims that seem by repetition to escape examination. Peter MacKay's recent opinion piece on pipelines was a veritable greatest hits compilation of such claims. He writes that "pipelines are by far the safest means of transporting oil." The first muddying of facts is the notion that we are talking about shipping oil. All the current pipeline proposals, including Energy East, are primarily about shipping unprocessed bitumen. Bitumen is in a pre-crude state and can only be casually referenced as "oil" if one accepted the idea that grain should be referred to as "croissants" when discussing markets.
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They want to subject the Energy East pipeline to Quebec's environmental regulations.
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When Mayor Denis Coderre, the spokeman of the 82 municipalities of Montreal 's Urban Community, said "no" to TransCanada's Energy East pipeline, there was an uproar in Western Canada. Many, including Premier Brad Wall and Rick Mercer made wild accusations, saying this was a national unity question.
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Two Quebec-specific obstacles that stand in the way of the project getting approval.
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.
The prime minister's "absolutely" answer in October comes back.
Deal with ABB Canada will create 120 jobs in Quebec.