Quebec’s environmental hearings on TransCanada’s Energy East begin today
Injunction to prevent hearings from going ahead rejected by Quebec court
by Elizabeth Hames
Quebec’s environmental review board will proceed with hearings into TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline today in Levis, Quebec, after an injunction against the review was rejected last week.
The injunction was filed in February by a coalition of environmental groups, who argued the hearings wouldn’t be complete without impact studies from the pipeline company. On Friday, a Quebec judge ruled the hearings could go ahead.
A second injunction requiring the $15.7-billion project meet the province’s environmental standards was filed last week by Quebec environment minister David Heurtel.
The pipeline would pass through Quebec on its way to Saint John, N.B. from Hardisty. It would have the capacity to carry 1.1 million barrels of Alberta crude per day to refineries on the East Coast.
TransCanada has said it will participate in the Quebec hearings. The company will kick off the hearings with a presentation about the project. The National Energy Board, which will later hold its own review of Energy East, will also give a presentation.