Environmental groups oppose TransCanada’s west-to-east oil line
() - TransCanada's planned $12 billion Canadian oil sands pipeline project attracted immediate opposition as groups vowed to stop the energy development. The company announced Aug. 1 it would go ahead with its Energy East project, building upon the company's existing pipeline system to take western Canadian crude as far east as Saint John, N.B., while passing through Montreal and Quebec City.
Organizations such as Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and the Council of Canadians immediately lined up to oppose Energy East. They maintain there are safety concerns around converting natural gas pipelines to carry oil and major environmental problems associated with pipeline construction, as well as increased carbon emissions from expanding oil sands production. "Most people in Quebec haven't even thought of this yet," said Keith Stewart of Greenpeace.
TransCanada CEO Russ Girling acknowledged "there will always be those that are opposed to a project like this for one reason or another." He added, "What we need to do is sit down with folks that are opposed for those kinds of reasons and explain to them, at least from our perspective, why we think it's beneficial to economic development and job creation and long-term prosperity for this country."