Canada energy regulators have officially started the review of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline. The review is set to last 21 months, ending in March 2018. Regulators have also invited the public to participate in the review process that “will be unlike any other in the NEB’s history,” according to federal regulator Denis Charlebois.
Several considerations will go into the review process, including greenhouse-gas emissions from oil production. The regulators are prepared for great opposition to the pipeline project as communities across Canada understand the risks of a colossal oil pipeline running through their environment and water supply.
The Energy East Pipeline project is a 4,600km pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada. The project has three components: converting a natural gas pipeline to a crude oil pipeline, constructing new pipelines to link with the converted pipe, and constructing the associated facilities for the line. If approved for construction, the project is estimated to cost TransCanada approximately $12.1 billion.