Quebec recently confirmed it is moving ahead with an environmental review of the Energy East pipeline conducted by the BAPE. The panel of experts will be formed by the end of June. This will be an important mobilizing moment for opposition to the project in Quebec – stay tuned for opportunities to participate.
Local groups in Ontario successfully mobilized hundreds to participate in the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Energy East reviewand submit comments to the process. We are anticipating the OEB will release its final report soon, compiling the findings from the reports they commissioned and the feedback from public consultations. [Read more from the Council of Canadians June Update]
Stop Energy East (North Bay) was one of more than 60 organizations calling on the National Energy Board to suspend TransCanada’s application for the Energy East Pipeline in a letter to the federal pipeline regulator.
Environmental Defence has posted an excellent blog itemizing how TransCanada's Energy East project has fallen apart, and outlining why the NEB should pull the plug on its review of TransCanada's incomplete application.
ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD RELEASES "PART TWO" CONSULTATION SUMMARY
June 2015 - The Ontario Energy Board has completed it's two-part consultation process in , but there is no sign yet of its report and recommendations to the Government of Ontario (via the Minister of Energy) on how the Province should position itself with respect to the high risk pipeline conversion project, including how they should approach the NEB review of TransCanada's application.
In Part Two of the consultation process the OEB hosted a series of "community discussions" in seven communities along the route of the proposed Energy East Pipeline, including sessions in Kapuskasing, Timmins and North Bay in January 2015. According the the OEB process description "the input during this second part will assist and inform the OEB in the completion of its report to the Ministry of Energy regarding the matters outlined in the Minister of Energy's November 2013 letter. The Government of Ontario intends to participate as an intervenor in the National Energy Board's (NEB) review of the Energy East Pipeline project and the Minister will use the OEB's report to help formulate the Government's position." The final deadline for written comments was April 24th.
On June 29th, the OEB posted summary reports of Part Two consultations on the OEB Resources page. According to the OEB, the reports "summarize the views that Ontarians shared with the OEB on the potential impacts of TransCanada's proposed Energy East Pipeline and what the OEB should focus on in its report to Ontario's Minister of Energy".
TransCanada Continues to Stall on Energy East Project Details
June, 2015 - In the “Notice of Process Update to All Interested Persons Energy East Pipeline Project and Eastern Mainline Project” issued by the National Energy Board on June 5th, the NEB lays out the “we said, they said” of their recent communications with TransCanada on the Energy East application, and whether or when TCLP (or their “wholly owned subsidiary” and project alter-ego “Energy East Pipeline Limited”) is going to provide the remaining portions of the application for the Energy east project to convert or construct 4,500 km of tar sands oil bearing pipeline.
In early May, the NEB had asked TCPL to describe “the significance and potential impacts of amendments that may be made to the Applications”, referring to the TCPL decision to nix the marine terminal at Cacouna, Quebec. TCPL replied with yet another general schedule for filing of additional information, stretching out into 2016.
The Board concluded that it would “continue its assessment of the Energy East Application based on the information currently available” and “resume its assessment once the 30 June 2015 filing is received.” .