TransCanada and Energy East advocates like to talk a lot about the jobs that would be generated by the project. But they don't want to talk about the jobs a spill would threaten.
The New Brunswick ocean sector generates $1.1 billion in direct and spin-off gross domestic product (GDP), along with 25,500 full-time equivalent jobs, and $950 million in earned income(source: joint federal and NB government report on estimates of economic impacts of the NB Ocean Sector 2003-2008).
The seafood industry (fishing, aquaculture and seafood process) makes the biggest contribution to both GPD (44% of ocean related GDP) and employment (representing 36% of ocean related employment). Tourism isn’t far behind, securing 16% of ocean related GDP and 27 of employment.