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TransCanada recently received approval from the National Energy Board (NEB) to construct the Eastern Mainline Expansion Project, which includes the 12.9 kilometre Parkway Pipeline. The Parkway project will consist of a 42 inch diameter pipeline that parallels, in two separate sections, a portion of the existing TransCanada Mainline in the cities of Brampton and Vaughan and will include additional minor system modifications at various TransCanada facility sites throughout southern Ontario.
These modifications, to facilities located along the existing pipeline in the communities of Bracebridge, Oro-Medonte, Hamilton and Niagara-on-the-Lake, will allow for the bi-directional flow of natural gas through the pipeline.
The Parkway pipeline will increase capacity on TransCanada's natural gas transmission system providing the markets in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Central Southern Ontario with additional natural gas supply. This increased capacity will provide for the commercial commitments of supplying Marcellus Shale gas to these markets; continuing to provide a safe and reliable energy supply to communities, for their homes, businesses, hospitals, and schools.
The pipeline will be constructed along TransCanada's existing right-of-way, reducing environmental effects and minimizing disruption to nearby residents and landowners. In addition to the improved access to natural gas, the projects will also provide ongoing financial benefits to the local communities through annual tax payments and community investments.
Proposed project schedule:
In order to construct and operate the Parkway Project, TransCanada will require the approval of the National Energy Board. View the section 58 application on the National Energy Board website.
National Energy Board
444 Seventh Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0X8
TransCanada is proud of the relationships we have built with our neighbours over the last 60 years and we are committed to consulting with stakeholders about our activities.
Our proactive approach to public consultation is based on communication, engagement and commitment. We believe it is important to continually communicate with affected communities, engage in a dialogue about our proposed project and follow through on our commitments. We have been engaging with stakeholders about this project since May of 2011 and have received valuable input into the pipeline’s planning and design. The information gathered from directly affected residents, neighbours, elected officials, community associations and environmental groups is reflected in the project application and associated Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA) and the Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) filed with the NEB. TransCanada will continue to engage with interested stakeholders throughout construction and into operations.
TransCanada’s plan to parallel the pipeline along an existing right-of-way will minimize ground disturbance and environmental effects on new lands. As part of our application, TransCanada has undertaken a detailed environmental and socio-economic assessment. Part of this assessment included the collection and analysis of site specific environmental information within the routing corridor to understand and mitigate potential effects and to develop an effective Environmental Protection Plan (EPP). Specifically, the Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA) considered the potential effects on the biophysical environment and socio-economic effects, including:
The EPP provides specific measures to mitigate potential effects for each phase of activity, both during and following construction and identifies opportunities to improve environmental protection throughout the course of construction and facility operations.
TransCanada encourages public input with any environmental assessment we do and has been engaging local stakeholders and Aboriginal communities about mitigating the environmental and socio-economic effects of this project. TransCanada encourages the public to review the application, including the ESA and the EPP on the National Energy Board’s website.
Opportunities directly associated with the Parkway Project are limited. If you're interested in a career at TransCanada, please check out our current opportunities.
We invite you to contact TransCanada with any questions or comments you have in reference to the proposed project:
Janice Badgley, Community Relations Liaison
416.579.9624 or 1.855.336.6075
Jean-Pierre Hoyeck, Project Manager - Parkway Pipeline Project
Or write to:
11200 Weston Road
Maple, Ontario L6A 1S7
Attn: Janice Badgley