TransCanada Corp. wants to convert its natural gas pipeline, currently operating at half capacity, into an oil pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels per day. The pipeline, which has been dubbed “Energy East,” presently ends in Quebec. But the company, with the support of some politicians, wants to extend it all the way to the Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Seventy per cent of the Energy East pipeline (between Saskatchewan and Quebec) already exists. Under the proposal, the pipeline would need to be extended on both sides – in the west to connect the pipe to Empress, Alberta, and in the east through Quebec to Saint John. Marine tanker facilities will be added in Quebec City and Saint John, transforming the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Bay of Fundy into an oil tanker superhighway, exporting to international markets.
Communities have the right to say “no”!