The City of Saint John’s informal information requests (IRs) to TransCanada, lead proponent for the Energy East pipeline project, have been made public by Saint John Common Council.
In TransCanada’s amended project filing to the National Energy Board (NEB), Saint John will serve as the eastern terminus for a 4,600-kilometre pipeline that will carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan. Saint John will also host a large storage tank facility and the pipeline’s only export marine terminal.
On 24 November 2014, Saint John Common Council recognized the project’s potential for economic and community development. Council also recognized that safety and protection of the environment are of the utmost importance. Council passed a resolution conditionally supporting the Energy East project and resolved to work with TransCanada and the regulator (NEB) to ensure that the pipeline is safely constructed in such a way as to protect the environment.
The City’s informal information requests identify a number of questions with respect to the Energy East project, focusing on five areas of key importance to the community: economic development opportunities, social impacts, environmental impacts, land use planning issues, and public safety. The IRs have been developed by the City’s NEB Working Group, and will serve as an important foundation for the City’s preparations as a potential formal intervenor in the forthcoming NEB regulatory review process.
For more information on the current status of the Energy East Project visit: http://www.energyeastpipeline.com
Further information on the NEB’s regulatory process can be found in the National Energy Board Hearing Process Handbook.
The Council Report and IRs are available here. Paper copies are available at the Office of the Common Clerk, 8th floor City Hall.
Correspondence regarding the IRs can be sent to Saint John Common Council via the Office of the Common Clerk.
Office of the Common Clerk
8th Floor City Hall
PO Box 1971