TransCanada's Gary Houston, the project's vice-president for Ontario and the Prairies, said Energy East will be a "nice green pipeline" constructed and operated using the strictest safeguards.

The chairman of Irving Oil confidently predicted Thursday the proposed Energy East Pipeline still being examined by federal regulators "will happen," though he thinks the process is taking too long.

Former North Bay Fire Chief Grant Love appears in a recently released YouTube video supporting TransCanada's Energy East proposal. Love retired this summer.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) president Tim McMillan went on to defend the Canadian oil and gas sector’s pipeline safety regime, but added that it needs to keep striving to be better.

Activists were arrested on Tuesday after they shut down five pipelines carrying crude from Canadian into the U.S. market, the latest move by environmental groups to disrupt movement of oil across North America.

Climate-change activists on Tuesday disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude from Canada to the United States in rare, co-ordinated action that targeted several key pipelines simultaneously.

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