TransCanada Corp. is actively promoting plans for the “Energy East” pipeline that would carry up to 1.1 million barrels of oil per day, including tar sands crude, from Alberta to eastern markets. The 4,400-kilometre pipeline is expected to lead to massive tanker exports from Quebec and the Atlantic coast to send crude to the much larger and more profitable markets of the U.S., India, China and Europe. TransCanada would convert its 40-year-old natural gas pipeline (between Saskatchewan and Quebec), connecting it with new pipeline in the west to Empress, Alberta, and through Quebec to Saint John, New Brunswick.
The Council of Canadians opposes the Energy East pipeline. This export pipeline would pose serious threats to local water supplies, communities and coastal waters. It would promote the expansion of the tar sands, which contaminate the water, land and air of nearby communities, and stand in the way of the alternative energy future we need. We are encouraging people to use these talking points when they attend open houses hosted by TransCanada Corp. to voice their objections to this broken pipeline plan.