TransCanada has filed their detailed Table of Contents

The National Energy Board has issued a notice that TransCanada has filed a detailed table of contents for their consolidated (revised) application for the Energy East Project. The NEB distributed an email with the following content:

This is to inform you that Energy East Pipelines Ltd. has issued a letter and their detailed Table of Content regarding their Energy East Application. This filing was in response to the National Energy Board’s Direction of 3 February 2016 (A75430 ) and Energy East’s request for extension of time to provide this document (A75555 ) dated 17 February 2016. This document could be viewed on the Board’s website www.neb-one.gc.ca at receipt A75676 or the following link:

A75676 Energy East Pipeline Ltd. – Response to NEB Directive Dated 3 February 2016

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Ottawa to mandate climate tests for proposed pipelines, LNG terminal

Ottawa to mandate climate tests for proposed pipelines, LNG terminal

SHAWN MCCARTHY

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 9:46PM EST

Last updated Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 10:02PM EST

The

federal government plans to require a separate climate test for proposed pipelines and a planned LNG export terminal, which are now under regulatory review, to determine their impact on Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions, a move that could impose new delays on billion-dollar projects.

The

climate analyses are part of proposed measures – which include additional First Nations consultations – that Ottawa will impose on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion and TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East, both currently before the National Energy Board, a government source confirmed Monday. The measures will also apply to Pacific NorthWest’s planned LNG export terminal, currently in front of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

The

Liberal government is facing angry pipeline politics that are creating regional divisions in the country as political leaders in Quebec and British Columbia vehemently oppose projects that Alberta’s government and industry insist are critical to their economy. That fight spilled into the House of Commons Monday as Parliament resumed, with battle lines being drawn over the government’s energy and environmental agenda.

Natural

Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna are expected to announce the measures next month. During the election campaign and in his publicly released mandate letters to ministers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised more robust environmental review of resource projects, including assessing their impacts on the country’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.

Mr.

Carr’s spokeswoman would not confirm the measures, saying cabinet had not made any decisions. “We are working intensely on a transition process for pipeline projects currently under NEB review that is consistent with our mandate and our commitment that no project will need to return to square one,” Micheline Joanisse said Monday. “We will have more to say in the near future.”

Liberal

ministers have said projects currently under review by regulators will not be forced to go back to square one with rewritten rules, but will face additional hurdles that will be outside the quasi-judicial regulatory process. The former Conservative government enacted sweeping changes to that process that have been condemned by project opponents, including environmentalists, municipal officials and First Nations.

Alberta’s

economy-wide carbon plan will be an important part of the review of the upstream GHG impacts of pipelines, notably the cap on emissions from the oil sands, the federal source said. An industry official who was briefed on the federal measures said the oil and gas sector is being hammered by low prices and worries that delays on export infrastructure will dampen prospects for renewed investment when prices rebound.

In

the House Monday, Conservative MPs criticized the Liberal government for failing to support the economically battered, resource-based provinces against critics who would deny landlocked producers access to markets. “Does [Mr. Trudeau] understand his lack of leadership on this issue is creating divisions in the country?” Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose said.

The

Prime Minister said the government supports the notion that Canadian resources need to reach new overseas markets, but added the public needs to be assured that projects are being done in an environmentally sustainable manner and accused the previous government of failing to win public support for pipelines.

“We

are working very, very hard right across the country with municipal leaders, with provincial leaders to make sure we’re creating the social licence, the oversight, the environmental responsibility, [and] the partnership with communities to get our resources to market in a responsible way,” he said in the House. “Because that’s what it takes in the 21st century.”

A political firestorm erupted last week when Montreal-area mayors, led by Montreal’s Denis Coderre – himself a former Liberal MP – rejected TransCanada’s $15.7-billion Energy East project even before the National Energy Board has begun public hearings on it.

Mayors

of Vancouver and Burnaby, meanwhile, are opposing Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver harbour, while Liberal Premier Christy Clark said the company has not provided enough information on spill prevention and response. The NEB is in the final stages of oral arguments on the project review and will report in May to federal cabinet, which has the power to approve or reject the board’s recommendations.

Ottawa

has already signalled it believes more consultations with First Nations over the Trans Mountain project are required. On Friday, a federal court in B.C. agreed to a Justice Department motion to adjourn a challenge by the Tsleil-Waututh First Nations against the NEB hearings. The Justice Department acknowledged that Ottawa had not adequately consulted with the Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which agreed to engage with government on “nation-to-nation” consultations. The community, however, is still scheduled to appear at the NEB hearing on Tuesday to oppose the Trans Mountain project.

The

Liberal government is eager to conclude the additional reviews and consultations on Trans Mountain within the three-month timeline prescribed in the National Energy Board Act for cabinet to deliberate, sources said, though the act also gives the government the power to grant itself limitless extensions. “We would be concerned with any additional process that would add to the [approval] timeline significantly,” Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said.

Former

NEB chair Gaétan Caron said the board has long refused to consider what impact a specific pipeline would have on GHG emissions in the producing or refining sectors because there are too many uncertain variables. “The NEB has determined in the past that the upstream and downstream climate-change effects of a pipeline are not relevant because that pipeline in and of itself has no bearing on the rate of production of hydrocarbons in Alberta or the rate of consumption at the other end of the pipeline,” he said.

Environmentalists

have warned that the expansion of liquified natural gas export terminals on the coast will drive up greenhouse-gas emissions in the province by encouraging the production of shale gas in northeast B.C., while the industry argues the gas will help drive down global emissions by replacing coal in Asian power grids. Pacific NorthWest LNG – which is controlled by Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas – wants to build an $11.4-billion terminal on Lelu Island in the Port of Prince Rupert.

Wynne lends support to Notley on Energy East pipeline

Ontario

Premier Kathleen Wynne gave Alberta Premier Rachel Notley a much-needed boost for the Energy East pipeline project after it was condemned by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and neighbouring municipalities as being environmentally unsafe.

Ms.

Wynne appeared more amenable to the project Friday than she has in the past after meeting with the Alberta Premier at Queen’s Park.

Two

factors have provoked a change in Ms. Wynne’s support for TransCanada Corp.’s $15.7-billion project, according to a senior government official.

First,

the NDP Alberta government’s new climate change plan, released late last year, addresses several issues, and most importantly puts a cap on oil sands emissions. That plan, as well as the federal government’s promise to strengthen the National Energy Board process, now removes some concerns Ontario had about the proposed pipeline.

“The

changes that Premier Notley’s government has made now make that conversation much easier, it makes it much more easier now to talk about how we can work together,” Ms. Wynne told reporters following her meeting with Ms. Notley Friday morning at Queen’s Park. “We have come a very, very long way with the changes that Alberta has made …”

Ms.

Notley is pressing all her provincial counterparts on the pipeline issue, and met with Ms. Wynne as part of that effort. The pipeline project has taken on more urgency now because of the impact of the dropping oil prices on Alberta’s economy.

She played up her province’s new climate change plan as an element of a broader economic strategy.

“At

the same time that Alberta is showing greater environmental responsibility, we are doing it in a way that is sensitive to and supportive of the broader economy,” Ms. Notley said. “Canada is energy rich.”

She

characterized the pipeline as a national project. Ontario, she said, would benefit from 4,000 construction jobs during the development and construction of the proposed pipeline.

“Tens

of billions of dollars in revenues, to be shared among all provinces, are at stake over our access to more markets for our oil,” Ms. Notley said.

Ms. Notley, noted, too, that shipping oil through a pipeline is one of the safest ways of moving it to international markets.

Her

defence of the project comes after sharp criticism by Mayor Coderre and his colleagues Thursday. “Let’s call a spade a spade: It’s a bad project,” he said. Economic benefits are slim but environmental impacts, such as oil spills, could be great, he added.

He did not acknowledge Alberta’s new climate change plan, which irked Ms. Notley.

On Friday, she characterized Mr. Coderre’s remarks as “short-sighted.”

Saskatchewan

Premier Brad Wall, who is a big proponent of the pipeline, was much harsher in his reaction to the Quebec municipal leaders, noting Quebec is receiving $10-billion in equalization payments and for nearly a decade the energy sector and Western Canadian taxpayers have supported “a great portion of those transfer payments.”

Ms.

Wynne, however, said Friday that “rather than tearing the country apart” the proposed pipeline should be looked at as an “opportunity and an obligation.”

“So,

I think that what is going to be beneficial to us all is if we are able to recognize what the imperatives are,”Ms. Wynne said. “We’ve got economic imperatives. We’ve got environmental imperatives. Those are shared. There is not one environment for Saskatchewan, and one environment for Quebec and one environment for Nova Scotia. The environment affects all of us – likewise for the economy.”

JANE TABER, TORONTO — The Globe and Mail, Published Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 12:15PM EST

Resistance Cabaret | Stop Energy East | March 19th @ the Davedi Club

Stop Energy East (North Bay) Resistance Cabaret | March 19
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Resistance Cabaret
A Solidarity Event in Support of Stop Energy East Pipeline
Saturday, March 19th 7:30 pm
Davedi Club, Airport Road | Doors Open at 6:30 pm
In support of a community campaign to raise awareness and respond to the risks of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Project.

If the Energy East project is approved, TransCanada will attempt to pump 1.1 million barrels of a mix of crude oils and diluted bitumen through an aging pipeline, crossing hundreds of streams, wetlands, rivers and lakes as it cuts across northern Ontario.

It’s a high risk and low reward project for the Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake watersheds.

Live Music | Dance | Poetry | Video Shorts | Art Sale

Saturday, March 19th 7:30 pm
Davedi Club, Airport Road | Doors Open at 6:30 pm
$10 in advance or at the door.
Tickets available at the F.A.R.M., 154 Main Street West. Only 250 Tickets Available.