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Keystone XL developer cancels two major Canadian pipeline projects

Keystone XL developer cancels two major Canadian pipeline projects

August 23, 2017: In a decision cheered by environmentalists but considered a setback by the oil industry, the National Energy Board says it will allow wider discussion of greenhouse gas emission issues in upcoming hearings for the Energy East Pipeline. According to analysis from the group, Energy East would have added 236 million tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions every year.

The premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick say they're disappointed by TransCanada's cancellation of the Energy East pipeline, which would have connected their two provinces. Kinder Morgan's TransMountain pipeline has come under fire for inadequately consulting with indigenous communities along the route, and it had a "very bad" environmental review, Scott said.

Officials said they made the move after the National Energy Board ruling said the board assessment will include a look at the upstream and downstream greenhouse gases that would be produced by the pipeline.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Ottawa is ultimately to blame for TransCanada's decision to cancel its proposed Energy East Pipeline and says the government's actions have undermined national unity.

"Our government would have used the same process to evaluate the Energy East pipeline project that saw the Trans Mountain expansion and Line 3 projects approved", says Carr.

The 4,500km Energy East pipeline, which would have carried 1.1 million barrels of oil per day, faced stiff opposition from environmental groups and several municipalities in Quebec concerned about possible spills affecting groundwaters and rivers along its path.

"The National Energy Board needs to send a clear message on what the future of project reviews look like in Canada", she said in a press statement on Thursday.

Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU), Canada's largest oil, gas and refining company by market capitalization, had hoped Energy East would allow it to replace US and offshore oil at its 137,000-barrel-per-day Montreal refinery, said spokeswoman Sneh Seetal.




Greenpeace and other environmental groups also claimed a victory for those who believed there was "no social value in the project" in a world fighting climate change.

"We don't take any joy in whatever decision they chose to take, our concern was always just the drinking water".

"Again it shows how local governments can make a difference", Coderre explained.

Heurtel asked TransCanada Pipelines to supply a report on the environmental impact of Energy East in Quebec.

The Calgary-based company said previously that it was suspending its efforts to get regulatory approvals for the mega projects.

October 8, 2015: Environmental group Environmental Defence says the National Energy Board is rushing the process for Energy East by gathering oral traditional evidence from aboriginal bands before it has received a complete application. The company warned then that it could cancel the proposed 2,800 mile oil pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Saint John, New Brunswick, which would have been most expensive project in TransCanada's history.

"This project was so wrong and so unsafe, its hard to believe it was seriously contemplated", Gretchen Fitzgerald, national program director of environmental organization the Sierra Club, said.

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