Soon after its announcement, majority are praising the plans of an alleged “historic” project to link the country together, but at the same time, the proposed $12-billion oilsands pipeline has also abruptly formed divisions among its opponents who have promised to prevent the energy development at any cost.
In its official announcement made on Thursday, Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. declared its plan to go ahead with its Energy East project, extending the company’s existing pipeline system to transport western Canadian crude as far east as Saint John, N.B., while passing through Montreal and Quebec City. Honoring the project, Finance Minister Doug Horner commented on it while in Edmonton, alleging that “this pipeline is 70 per cent in the ground today,” explaining that “this benefits all Canadians. It doesn’t just benefit Albertans.”
However, it was still reminded that many other proposed oilsands pipeline plans, including Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway development to the British Columbia coast and TransCanada’s Keystone XL project to the U.S. Gulf Coast, received extreme and staunch opposition from various environmental groups. Speaking on the matter, TransCanada CEO, Russ Girling, alleged that he acknowledges that “there will always be those that are opposed to a project like this for one reason or another.” He mentioned while in Calgary that “what we need to do is sit down with folks that are opposed for those kinds of reasons and explain to them, at least from our perspective, why we think it’s beneficial to economic development and job creation and long-term prosperity for this country.”
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