Apr 12 2017

Answering your Energy East questions

Posted by TransCanada
Energy east open house

We're committed to keeping the public informed about our Energy East project.

At dinner tables, classrooms and online, people have thoughts and questions about Energy East. We wanted we'd take a moment to address some of the things we hear most frequently.

Most polls show strong support for Energy East:

Responses from many First Nations we engage with on this project are diverse. That said, respecting Aboriginal lands and heritage is an important focus for us. Along the Energy East route, we’ve:

  • Signed agreements with 51 First Nations and Métis communities
  • Undertaken more than 61 traditional knowledge studies
  • Conducted more than 2,400 meetings with 166 Indigenous communities and organizations

Yes. We have many layers to ensure the safety of the Energy East pipeline. It will also have the capacity to remove 1,500 rail tankers that carry oil through communities each day. This is important because according to the Fraser Institute pipeline shipments are 4.5 x safer than those by rail.

No. In fact, when built, Energy East will produce significantly fewer GHG emissions than rail transport, in part because pump stations will be operated in provinces with low-emissions electricity grids.

  • Canada’s oil sands produce approximately 1/10th of 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Environment Canada 2013 and United Nations Statistics Division.)
  • In 2012, US coal-fired electricity generation produced 25 x more GHG emissions than Canada’s oil sands. (Source: The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.)