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Energy East pipeline: Judge rejects French-language challenge

A Federal Court judge has rejected a call for a temporary injuction over French-language concerns in Quebec to hold off on public hearings into TransCanada's controversial Energy East pipeline project.

TransCanada avoids obstacle in $12B plan for pipeline to carry western crude to eastern refineries

The Energy East pipeline proposed route is pictured as TransCanada officials speak during a news conference in Calgary. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

A Federal Court judge has rejected a call for a temporary injuction over French-language concerns in Quebec to hold off on public hearings into TransCanada's controversial Energy East pipeline project.

Environmental groups and French-language protection groups had applied for a temporary injunction into the National Energy Board review because the gas and oil company had not finished translating its 30,000-page application in both official languages.​

The unlikely alliance included:

  • The Quebec Environmental Law Centre.
  • The David Suzuki Foundation.
  • Greenpeace.
  • The separatist Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society and the Mouvement Québec français.

Lawyers were in Federal Court in Montreal last week to argue on behalf of a francophone landowner.

TransCanada argued the vast bulk of the documentation is available in both languages on the company's website, and said it would work hard to ensure anyone who wants documentation in French can get it.

TransCanada is trying to build a 4,600-kilometre pipeline to carry western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and new markets across the Atlantic.

The judge ruled Monday there was no proof the rights of those who wished to participate in the hearings were compromised, and that an injunction to stop the National Energy Board's work would not be in the public interest since it would cause unnecessary delays.

The deadline to participate in the hearings is March 3.

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