Saskatchewan

Open houses set for TransCanada's Energy East pipeline

The company TransCanada is hosting open houses around Saskatchewan to answer questions about a pipeline project called Energy East.

The company TransCanada is hosting open houses around Saskatchewan to answer questions about a pipeline project called Energy East.

TransCanada plans to convert an existing below-ground natural gas pipeline to instead move about 1.1 million barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta to New Brunswick.

Jason Bashutski lives in Harbour Landing, in Regina, near the line. He told CBC News he likes the open space associated with the line.

"It's the only way we get so many parks, to be honest, and at least I'm not beside the train tracks," he said.

TransCanada's open houses will include communities such as White City and Moose Jaw.

Peter Prebble, of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, told CBC News he has concerns.

"The risk of a spill grows as infrastructure ages," Prebble said. "So one really has to look over the medium term and think about what are the risks, 23 to 30 years from now, not just what are the risks today."

Prebble said Canada should be looking at ways to reduce its dependence on crude oil.

Pipeline open house schedule

Here are the Saskatchewan open houses concerning the pipeline


Wednesday, Oct. 15
Burstall Community Hall
951 Railway Ave.
Burstall
4-8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16
Cabri Community Legion Hall
103 1st St. South
Cabri
4-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Legion Community Hall
738 Lalonde St.
Whitewood
4-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Royal Canadian Legion #59
268 High Street West
Moose Jaw
4-8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23
White City Community Center
Hall C, 12 Ramm Ave. East
White City
4-8 p.m.

The list can also be found here.
 

With files from CBC's Arielle Zerr

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