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Canadian Environmental Laws May Block This $15.7 Billion Pipeline

The Canadian province of Quebec will seek an injunction against TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) to ensure that its proposed $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline project complies with the province's environmental laws.

Environment Minister David Heurtel said the injunction was filed Tuesday after TransCanada ignored his requests to submit the project for provincial review.

"Today's motion is very simple and very clear. It signifies that whoever seeks to build a project in Quebec must comply with all Quebec laws and regulations," Heurtel said in a statement.

"This is not only a matter of respect, but equally a question of fairness towards all companies that wish to do business in Quebec."

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Heurtel’s announcement comes a few weeks after a coalition of Quebec environmental groups said it would take legal action against the project for the same reasons.

It also follows a British Columbia ruling in January, which determined local authorities had a responsibility to examine the Northern Gateway project in that province.

Energy East would carry 1.1 million barrels a day of western crude as far east as Saint John, N.B., serving domestic refineries and international customers.

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The project has run into stiff opposition in Quebec, with the mayors of Montreal and surrounding municipalities arguing that environmental risks outweigh the economic rewards.

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Source: TransCanada

By Cecilia Jamasmie via Mining.com

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  • Marc on March 06 2016 said:
    Typical of Sam's province, all they do is beg for power from the rest of Canada.

    They are takers not makers and when the rest of the country tries to develop (or save) its economy, their dirty oil exports pushes up the value of the loonie thereby blocking that development. They are truly the laggards there.

    In fact just recently all the provinces dumped hundreds of billion litres of raw sewage into nearby rivers and went to the federal government for favorable new laws to make their so called oil sands industry unaccountable and handouts for the mining industry and automobile industry and tourism industry and forest industries and, yes of course, aerospace industry. All Canadian provinces are a bunch of self-centered losers.

    They talk the green talk yet pollute like Nicaragua (or maybe Australia or Tonga.)

    I just don't like entitled whiners.
  • Rick on March 05 2016 said:
    Canadians are allowing the minority environmentalist make decisions for all of Canada. Blocking one project after another.
    How can they allow Arabian oil to be piped in but not allow Canada to use its God given resourses to share with the rest of the world to help balance their trade?
    I would think the Loonie will never recover.
  • sam on March 02 2016 said:
    Typical of that province all they do is beg for money from the rest of Canada.
    They are takers not makers and when other members of the country try to profit and benefit the whole they block that development. They are truly the laggards there.
    In fact just recently that same province dumped 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence river, and went to the federal government for a handout to their so called aerospace industry, Bombardier. Just a bunch of self centred losers.
    They talk the green talk yet pollute like China.

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