Sunday October 08, 2017
Does scrapping the Energy East mean the end of major pipeline construction in Canada?
Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: pipeline failure.
Cheers and jeers met TransCanada's decision to walk away from its Energy East pipeline to the Maritimes, after spending $1-billion dollars on the effort.
More from this episode:
- Cancellation of Energy East deals a 'real blow' to struggling Saint John economy, mayor says
- 'The risks far outweigh the benefits': Environmental activist on upside of Energy East cancellation
- 'Canada: not open for business': Checkup caller laments cancellation of Energy East pipeline
A $16 billion dollar pipeline proposal to connect oilfields in the West to refineries in the East. A big big project that is no more, raising questions whether any big resource project is possible in Canada these days.
For sure, TransCanada's decision to walk away from Energy East after spending $1-billion dollars on the effort is fueling plenty of political divides.
There were cheers coming from Quebec and dozens of cities and First Nations on the proposed route, who had vowed to stop it at all costs, anxious about the threat of potentially disastrous oil spills in their backyards.
And there were jeers from disappointment in New Brunswick, as the promise of new jobs evaporated to anger in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where the struggling, landlocked oil industry must look elsewhere to get access to world markets.
The finger-pointing abounds. TransCanada blamed the Trudeau government's new, tougher environmental regulations intended to take greenhouse gas emissions into account and improve consultation of First Nations. The Natural Resources minister jabbed back, saying the drop in oil prices did the project in.
What do you think? Have pipeline approvals become mired in too much red tape? Or in the balancing act between climate change and the economy, is this the proper result?
The demise of Energy East ratchets up attention on other pipeline projects. There's Enbridge's Line 3 to the U.S. facing staunch opposition in the States. Kinder Morgan's Transmountain line to B.C. may have got the green-light from Ottawa, but it's opponents were lined up in court this week, arguing there's no legal case to be made for opening up BC's coast to more oil tankers.
Some say this is a national unity crisis. Do you think it is? If we don't use pipelines to move oil, how should it be done, safely and efficiently? Or is it time to move beyond fossil fuels and ramp up investment in renewable energy?
Our question today: "Does scrapping Energy East mean the end of major pipeline construction in Canada?"
Senior director of Équiterre
Mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick
Manager of The Sacred Trust, an initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Saskatchewan's Minister of Environment and former minister of Energy and Resources
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- It's East and West vs. the middle as energy policy once again fuels divisions
- TransCanada won't proceed with Energy East pipeline
- Brad Wall pits West against Ottawa as Energy East project killed
- Energy East's cause of death: Business, politics or climate?
- Notley 'deeply disappointed' by Energy East cancellation
- Quebec politicians, environmentalists hail demise of controversial Energy East pipeline
- Amid Trans Mountain uncertainty, pro-pipeline Indigenous peoples make a pitch for development (Aug. 21, 2017)
- Trans Mountain pipeline gets Indigenous-led oversight committee (Jul. 24, 2017)
- Keystone XL could be Canada's last big oil export pipeline (Jan. 25, 2017)
- First Nations, environmentalists vow 'long battle' on approved Kinder Morgan pipeline (Nov. 29, 2016)
- First Nations still wary of supporting Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (Nov. 28, 2016)
- Warning for investors, not just environmentalists, in fossil fuel spending: Don Pittis (Apr. 08, 2016)
The Globe and Mail
- Alberta NDP fights uphill battle amid slipping energy future
- TransCanada halts pipeline, sparking new regional tensions
- Basic economics – not regulation – ended the Energy East pipeline
- Energy East pipeline: Best-laid backup plan goes awry
- Struggling Saint John mourns lost pipeline: 'A huge economic blow'
- Controversial events in the history of TransCanada's Energy East pipeline
- Saskatchewan Minister of Energy worried about delays in approval of pipeline (Aug. 15, 2017)
- Canadian Association of Oil Producers project increased oil production (June 13, 2017)
- Demise of Energy East another gut punch for energy sector, by Deborah Yedlin
- Energy East is dead — but a national unity crisis festers, by Claudia Cattaneo
- Energy East's death pins the oilsands' hopes on two pipelines with their own troubles
- Energy East latest in a string of projects worth $56B abandoned amid 'dysfunctional' policy
- The end of the Energy East pipeline could mark the start of federal-provincial turmoil, by Chantal Hébert