Energy East Done!

The announcement from the National Energy Board:

On October 5, 2017, the NEB received notice from TransCanada [Filing A86594] withdrawing its Energy East and Eastern Mainline project applications. The NEB has no further work to complete on these projects and the hearing record is now closed.

Over the last few years, the world’s climate crisis has come to be CUSP’s primary concern. It followed from this that we saw the pressing need to reduce greenhouse gases that stem from the fossil fuel industry, and in turn, the proliferation of bitumen pipelines that contribute to this.

Thus, a huge part of our effort has been our campaign to stop the Energy East Pipeline.

Canada, as we know, has been happy to boost the increase in greenhouse gases through its ongoing subsidization and deregulation of fossil fuel industries extracting bitumen from the Alberta tarsands, as well as unstudied fracking.

Transport of diluted bitumen, dangerous as a polluter on all fronts – land, water and climate – was blatantly, irresponsibly and irrationally promoted by the previous Harper government as the great saviour of Canada’s economy. The new govenment, since November 2015, is less blatant, but has yet to show much sign of reversing the policy.

The Energy East plan was to pump tarsands bitumen from Alberta to New Brunswick for world distribution via tanker. If built, it would have been the longest pipeline in North America, pumping 1.1 million barrels a day of diluted bitumen.

Our effort did its part along with that of many other allies across the country to put a stop to it. The Canadian government was not helpful, though it appears market forces were. Market forces were in turn affected by climate change activists all over the world, who have been slowly increasing their successes in pushing the conversion to renewable energy.