06 October, 2017
A group of First Nations leaders who formed to fight pipeline projects across Canada says they will continue their push to stop three other pipelines now that the TransCanada Energy East pipeline is dead.
Colleen Mitchell, president of the Atlantica Centre for Energy, said when the application is suspended for a project of this size it typically doesn't go ahead at all.
"TransCanada knows that Energy East would never receive approval if all its climate pollution was taking into account", Adam Scott, a senior campaigner with Oil Change International, a nonprofit research and advocacy group that looks at the impacts of fossil fuels, told ThinkProgress.
Russ Girling, executive director of the Calgary-based company, said in a statement that he will report to the National Energy Board that TransCanada will not proceed with the requests.
In a statement released by TransCanada, the company said it is now reviewing the company's $1.3 billion carrying value.
In August, the NEB announced it would expand its assessment of the project into risks associated with potential accidents and system malfunctions that could cause oil spills.
"The pipeline changes the economics of the tar sands in a way that makes those [extraction] projects possible - and that's why they're responsible, ultimately, for such incredible increases in emissions", Scott said.
With that avenue closed off, Western Canada's oil industry is now counting on Trans Mountain project to help carry crude to the Pacific Coast, where it would be shipped to markets in Asia, as well as TransCanada's long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which would move more Alberta oil to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Gallant said he believes the project's decision was due to recent changes to world market conditions and the negative impact of lower oil prices.
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The Eastern Mainland project would have built an additional 279km (175 mile) new gas pipeline in Ontario.
"In light of the project's inability to reach a regulatory decision, no recoveries of costs from third parties are expected".
Since Keystone XL was proposed, oil prices have plummeted.
"We look forward to seeing that certainty in place soon", she said.
"The abandonment of the Energy East project is a major victory for the municipal world", Coderre wrote.
Pipeline supporters and the Alberta government have criticized the NEB for changing its review scope and provincial Premier Rachel Notley urged the regulator to give more clarity on its process.
"We don't take any joy in whatever decision they chose to take, our concern was always just the drinking water".
The project has opened deep rifts in political circles, with New Brunswick and Alberta premiers expressing disappointment Thursday and Quebec politicians like Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre celebrating its demise.
"We believed if TransCanada continued with the process, the project would be approved".